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A reflexive is an expression such as himself in English, which must be anaphorically related to an antecedent.


herself in (i) is a reflexive with Mary as its antecedent.

(i) Maryi dresses herselfi well

Reflexives behave as anaphors with respect to the binding theory.


Utrecht Lexicon of Linguistics


  • Chomsky, N. 1981. Lectures on Government and Binding, Foris, Dordrecht.