Article in:Studies in Language: Online-First Articles
Kokborok and the simple-complex reflexive distinction
This paper presents an in-depth investigation of the binding strategies in Kokborok and we will look more specifically how this sheds light on the theories of reflexivization. Kokborok, a Tibeto-Burman language spoken in Tripura, a state in the North-East of India, has two reflexives: sak sak ‘self self’ and sak baithaŋ ‘self self’. The form sak sak ‘self self’ conforms to Principle A of classic Binding Theory, blocking long-distance binding, but this does not hold true for sak baithaŋ allowing non-local binding. It is a well-established fact that some reflexives allow non-local binding, but it is generally assumed that this phenomenon is limited to a certain type of reflexive, morpho-syntactically ‘simple reflexives.’ The so-called ‘complex reflexives’ generally bar non-local binding, and the Kokborok reflexive sak baithaŋ seems an exception to that. This paper explores the uniqueness involved in the nature of anaphoric binding in Kokborok.
Keywords: simple reflexive, complex reflexive, long-distance binding, binding theory, reduplication
Published online: 19 October 2020
Baker, Mark C.
Charnavel, Isabelle, Peter Cole, Gabriella Hermon & C-T. James Huang
Cole, Peter, & Li-May Sung
Cole, Peter, Gabriella Hermon & James, Huang C.-T.
Everaert, Martin, Kārumūri V. Subbārāo & Mataina Wichamdinbo
Inkelas, Sharon & Cherl Zoll
König, Ekkehard & Peter Siemund
Lalitha Murthy, Balemarthy & Kārumūri V. Subbārāo
Lust, Barbara, Kashi Wali, James. W. Gair & Kārumūri V. Subbārāo
Reuland, Eric, Sally Chi Ho Wong & Martin Everaert
Sarju Devi, T. & Kārumūri V. Subbārāo
Subbārāo, Kārumūri V.
Subbārāo, Kārumūri V. S. Malhotra & S. Barua
Wali, Kashi & Kārumūri V. Subbārāo
Wong, Sally Chi Ho