SOME ISSUES IN THAI ANAPHORA: A GOVERNMENT AND BINDING APPROACH
Ph.D. Dissertation, 1991
This thesis addresses three issues in Thai anaphora by using the Government
and Binding (GB) framework as presented in Chomsky 1981, 1982, 1986 and
subsequent studies. This thesis discusses the parametric variation in
syntactic principles for Thai with regards to the distribution and properties
of anaphora. The three issues discussed are the Binding Theory and NP
types in Thai, null objects in Thai and the Licensing and Identification
principles for Thai null pronominals. The thesis consists of four chapters.
Chapter One provides some relevant background information on Thai. Chapter
Two discusses the relevant syntactic notions of GB to be assumed for Thai
and discusses the classification and distribution of overt NPs in Thai
with respect to the Binding Theory. Chapter Three provides arguments for
null pronominal objects in Thai, based on the data from Topicalization/Left
Dislocation and Relativization. An analysis of each of these constructions
is also presented, showing that these constructions in Thai do not involve
movement. Chapter Four discusses the Licensing and Identification principles
for Thai pronominals, based on Rizzi' s (1986) proposal. It is argued
that Thai null pronominals do not need to be licensed or identified by
phi-features. Their reference is identified in the same way as those of
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