Problems with Intervention and Binding into Relations

  • Alastair Butler
  • Kei Yoshimoto
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6284)


In this paper we describe a formal system in which constraints on the interaction of operations involved in creating and supporting operator-variable dependencies during interpretive evaluation match effects of intervention and constraints prohibiting binding into relations that are observed in natural languages. The derived constraints are found to form two sides of the same coin, the one occurring when steps are taken to avoid the other. This formal result is of interest because both types of constraints afflict all forms of operator-variable dependencies in natural languages, suggesting that the wide range of cross-linguistic variation languages exhibit, especially when encoding longer distance dependencies, stems from there being no optimal way to encode operator-variable dependencies.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alastair Butler
    • 1
  • Kei Yoshimoto
    • 2
  1. 1.Japan Society for the Promotion of ScienceTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Center for the Advancement of Higher EducationTohoku UniversitySendaiJapan

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