Reflexives and blocking effects in Iron Range English

Sara Schmelzer Loss


In some, but not all, languages with long-distance reflexives, coreference with a higher nominal expression is “blocked” when an intervening expression does not match a lower expression for person. It is suggested that only languages without subject/verb agreement exhibit Blocking Effects. The fact that languages differ in terms of Blocking Effects suggests that binding and Blocking are separate processes (Cole & Sung 1994). I present new data from Iron Range English which challenges the generalization that blocking only occurs in languages without subject/verb agreement, but at the same time provides further evidence that binding and blocking are separate processes.

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