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In this essay I want to propose that the phenomenon of proper binding is relevant to the theory of grammar and suggest that, if allowed to play a part in the writing of a generative grammar, proper binding can serve as an interface between the form of the grammar and its use in discourse pragmatics. With the term proper binding I refer to the prescriptive and descriptive statement requiring that anaphor and bound pronouns agree with their antecedents with respect to person, number, gender. In this vein, proper binding relates to the theory of grammar in the same way that government does. Like government, proper binding is the appropriation, on the part of generative grammar, of a traditional term and phenomenon, in order to present it in a new light.

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University of New Mexico Working Papers in Linguistics, Vol. 1, 1993, 61-67



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