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C-Command Dependencies as TSL String Constraints

Graf, Thomas, and Nazila Shafiei

Abstract We provide a general formal framework for analyzing c-command based dependencies in syntax, e.g. binding and NPI licensing, from a subregular perspective. C-command relations are represented as strings computed from Minimalist derivation trees, and syntactic dependencies are shown to be input-output tier-based strictly local over such strings. The complexity of many syntactic phenomena thus is comparable to dependencies in phonology and morphology.

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    author = {Graf, Thomas and Shafiei, Nazila},
    title = {C-Command Dependencies as {TSL} String Constraints},
    year = {2019},
    booktitle = {Proceedings of the {S}ociety for {C}omputation in {L}inguistics ({SCiL}) 2019},
    editor = {Jarosz, Gaja and
              Nelson, Max and
              O'Connor, Brendan and
              Pater, Joe},
    pages = {205--215},