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A Bound-Variable Account of the Korean Anaphor caki
Dennis Ryan Storoshenko
438-444 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


In Korean, the so-called long-distance reflexive caki is not strictly subject oriented, since it is able to be bound by local and non-subject arguments, non-c-commanding antecedents, or even extra-sententially. The plural caki-tul is claimed to show both inclusive reference and split antecedence readings, reflecting a degree of context sensitivity which is at odds with traditional notions of binding. This paper proposes that caki can be analysed as an in-situ bound variable, while accounting for all the apparent arguments against treating caki as bound. Secondly, the variable interpretations of caki-tul are captured through a proposed denotation of the plural marker -tul which introduces the necessary context-sensitivity. This establishes a division of labour between caki and the plural morpheme which allows caki to be treated as a variable of semantic type e in both the singular and the plural, across all binding domains.

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Proceedings of the 26th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Charles B. Chang and Hannah J. Haynie
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