Antecedent-based approach to binding in Icelandic and Faroese

Tania E. Strahan

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This paper examines the standard approach to long-distance reflexives within the
Lexical-Functional Grammar framework. This approach defines the binding relation
between a reflexive and its non-local antecedent by prescribing the type of syntactic
elements which must and must not occur along the path from the reflexive to its
antecedent. However, evidence from the Insular Scandinavian languages suggests that
the binding relation should be expressed as positive and negative constraints on the path
from the antecedent to the reflexive. In other words, I suggest that long-distance
reflexives in Icelandic and Faroese are governed by outside-in functional uncertainty,
not inside-out functional uncertainty, as is standardly assumed
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages16
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • grammar
  • Faroese language
  • Icelandic language


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