Constraints on Reflexivizations
Dominique Sportiche
December 2020

Discussing reflexivization via autonomous morphemes (e.g. via self-anaphora like English herself, French lui-même or Hebrew ’acmo, or via ‘pronominal’ morphemes such as German sich or French se), I show that any form of lexical or syntactic bundling, adicity reduction or any form of predicate reflexivization (e.g. via self incorporation) in these languages is too strong to be the general mechanism involved, favoring analyses in terms of direct covaluation via binding as in the classical view. I also discuss some boundary conditions on analyses for English self- (or French auto-) prefixed predicates, as well as inherently reflexive verbs.
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keywords: binding theory, reflexivization, reflexive, semantics, syntax
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