24 April 2018 from 12:45 to 14:00

PhD thesis defence Peter Zubkov: 'The Grammar of Binding: A study with reference to Russian'

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On 24 April, Peter Zubkov (Language structure: variation and change) will defend his PhD thesis 'The Grammar of Binding: A study with reference to Russian'. 

This thesis is a study of syntactic constraints on the distribution and interpretation of the Russian reflexive pronouns sebja and svoj. These are usually, but, importantly, not always subject-oriented and in complementary distribution with pronominals, and in certain conditions they trigger some hitherto poorly studied interpretive effects. Russian also demonstrates considerable versatility in binding of NP-internal reflexives, including possessives. An explanatory account of the patterns in question, which canonical Binding Theory of Chomsky (1981) has been unable to provide, is offered.


The Russian reflexives sebja and svoj enter into anaphoric dependencies based on person or number alternatively. The complementary distribution of reflexives and pronominals holds separately for every alternating derivation rather than globally.


It is a possibility to consider that syntactic operations are subject to relativized rather than phase-based locality and that valuation proceeds for every feature and in each direction independently. The morphological realization of syntactic features should also be given more attention.

Start date and time
24 April 2018 12:45
End date and time
24 April 2018 14:00
PhD candidate
Peter Zubkov
The Grammar of Binding: A study with reference to Russian
PhD supervisor(s)
Prof. E.J. Reuland