Referential index

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Referential index is a formal device used to indicate reference.


In Johni saw himselfi and Maryi saw Johnj the subscripts i and j are the referential indices (or indexes).

See also



  • Chomsky, N. 1981. Lectures on Government and Binding, Foris, Dordrecht.
  • Chomsky, N. 1980. On binding, Linguistic Inquiry 11-1, pp.1-46
  • Fiengo, R. and R. May 1994. Indices and identity, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass.
  • Lasnik, H. 1989. Essays on anaphora, Reidel, Dordrecht