Linguistics and Philosophy

, Volume 17, Issue 5, pp 481–497 | Cite as

Such: Binding and the pro-adjective

  • Muffy E. A. Siegel


The facts aboutsuch, then, indicate not just thatsuch is a pro-adjective, but also that binding conditions apply broadly to pro-ADJs and pro-CNs, as well as to a wide range of pro-arguments. If this is true, the CN binding process accomplished by rules (40) and (41) might better be expressed in a system that uses a Cooper (1979) store mechanism. In fact, Stump (p. 144) notes that this could easily be done. Meanings of the type ofP n could be stored, just as NP meanings are, until an appropriate binding CN phrase was encountered. Binding conditions would simply require that aP n meaning not come out of storage until the derivation had emerged from its governing category. The behavior of the pro-adjectivesuch suggests that an expression of any category, if it is legitimately translatable as a variable, may be a fullfledged proform; many principles and mechanisms described to account for the widely studied pronouns in fact apply to nonargument categories.


Artificial Intelligence Computational Linguistic Binding Process Binding Condition Store Mechanism 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Muffy E. A. Siegel
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  1. 1.Linguistics ProgramTemple University 022-29Philadelphia

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