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Untangling the Balinese Bind: Binding and Voice in Austronesian
Theodore Levin
295-304 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


Voice alternations in Balinese interact with binding phenomena in a way that appears problematic for common views of the A/A'-distinction. In simple sentences, movement to Spec-TP does not create new antecedents for binding, suggesting that Spec-TP is an A'-position. In raising constructions, however, movement to a higher Spec-TP does create new antecedents for binding behavior expected of an A-position. This paradox is dubbed the Balinese Bind by Wechsler (1998), who uses the phenomenon to demonstrate the superiority of HPSG approaches. In this paper, the author argues that the paradox is illusory, and that Balinese Spec-TP is an unambiguous A-position by adopting a novel account of the Balinese voice system and the Agree-based theory of Binding advanced by Rooryck and Vanden Wyngaerd (2011).

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Proceedings of the 31st West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Robert E. Santana-LaBarge
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