• ISSN: 2155-7993
  • Journal of Modern Education Review

A Study of Binding Theory: Principle A

Jack Kuo-Zheng Feng

(Department of English, National Chengchi University, Taiwan)

Abstract: In terms of language instruction and acquisition, theories of syntax can play an important part in enhancing both educators’ and learners’ language proficiency. The present study aimed to reinvestigate the existed issues in binding theory. Particularly, the focus was put onto the issues of Principle A in the binding theory. A few issues were included in this present study, and they were ECM verbs, subject accessibility, and I-within-I constraint. A literature review method was applied to solve the problems. Relevant literatures were discussed in the hope of supporting the findings. Possible solutions were provided in the study. To sum up, conclusion of the findings was presented. Additionally, pedagogical implications and limitations of the study were provided as well.

Key words: binding theory, ECM verbs, subject accessibility, I-within-I filter

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