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Volume 37, Issue 3


Inalienables in Norwegian and binding theory

Helge Lødrup
Published Online: 2008-02-20 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ling.37.3.365


Norwegian has a distinction between simple and complex reflexives. The traditional view is that complex reflexives are used in local binding, while simple reflexives are used in nonlocal binding (for example Hellan 1988). A well-known problem is that there are many cases of simple reflexives that seem to be locally bound. The traditional view is that these cases involve reanalysis. This view will be criticized, and it will be shown that inalienables with external possessors have a distribution that is strikingly similar to the distribution of the simple reflexive. It will be proposed that the distribution of inalienables and simple reflexives should be described directly by the same theory, and that this theory should be the theory of inalienables. This gives a view of the simple reflexive that is very different from the traditional view.

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*Correspondence address: Department of Linguistics, University of Oslo, Pb. 1102, Blindern, N-0317 Oslo, Norway.

Received: 1998-03-02

Revised: 1999-03-17

Published Online: 2008-02-20

Published in Print: 1999-05-01

Citation Information: Linguistics, Volume 37, Issue 3, Pages 365–388, ISSN (Online) 1613-396X, ISSN (Print) 0024-3949, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ling.37.3.365.

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