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Linguistic Inquiry

Fall 2016, Vol. 47, No. 4, Pages 741-753
(doi: 10.1162/LING_a_00230)
© 2016 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Binding in English and South Slavic and The Parameterized DP Hypothesis
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Despić (2013) argues that Serbian binding data provide support for the Parameterized DP Hypothesis (e.g., Fukui 1988, Corver 1992, Zlatić 1997, Bošković 2003, 2005, 2008). His key claim is that the differences in binding possibilities observed between English and Serbian result from the presence of a DP layer in the former vs. its absence in the latter. Apparent determiners in Serbian are claimed to be NP-adjoined elements (with category left unspecified). In this squib, I show that Despić's analysis makes incorrect predictions about Serbian and closely related Slavic languages: Bulgarian and Macedonian.