The blocking effect in Vietnamese

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This article explores a restriction on non-local binding in Vietnamese—the blocking effect—including a systematic comparison with its Mandarin Chinese counterpart. Our finding is that the blocking effect in Vietnamese appeared to be rather different from that in Mandarin but, in fact, employs essentially the same syntactic mechanism. While binding of Mandarin ziji is governed by a [+participant] feature, binding of the Vietnamese anaphor mình is governed by a [+author] feature. Together with the assumption of the presence of a silent performative frame, this derives that binding of Vietnamese mình yields what one may call an Author effect.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of East Asian Linguistics
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Nov 2023


  • Author effect
  • Blocking effect
  • Goal
  • Mandarin
  • Multiple agree
  • Non-local binding
  • Probe
  • The author feature
  • The participant feature
  • The performative frame


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