Journal of Logic, Language and Information

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 241–264

Scope control and grammatical dependencies

Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10849-006-9036-8

Cite this article as:
Butler, A. J Log Lang Inf (2007) 16: 241. doi:10.1007/s10849-006-9036-8


This paper develops a semantics with control over scope relations using Vermeulen’s stack valued assignments as information states. This makes available a limited form of scope reuse and name switching. The goal is to have a general system that fixes available scoping effects to those that are characteristic of natural language. The resulting system is called Scope Control Theory, since it provides a theory about what scope has to be like in natural language. The theory is shown to replicate a wide range of grammatical dependencies, including options for, and constraints on, ‘donkey’, ‘binding’, ‘movement’, ‘Control’ and ‘scope marking’ dependencies.


Grammatical dependenciesDynamic semanticsDonkey anaphoraBinding theoryControlMovementScope marking

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of English Language and LiteratureNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore