Specified subject condition
The Specified Subject Condition is a condition introduced in Chomsky (1973) which states that:
(i) No rule can involve X, Y in the structure ... X ... [a ... Z ... -WYV ... ] ... where Z is the specified subject of WYZ in a
Informally, a subject is specified if it is overt. Therefore, the reciprocal each other can be bound by the men in (ii), but not in (iii):
(ii) The men saw [NP the pictures of each other] (iii) *The men saw [NP John's pictures of each other]
The specified subject John in (iii) blocks the binding relation between the men and each other. In later work, the SSC is subsumed under the binding theory.
- Chomsky, N. 1982. Some concepts and consequences of the theory of government and binding, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass.
- Chomsky, N. 1980. On binding, Linguistic Inquiry 11-1, pp.1-46
- Chomsky, N. 1973. Conditions on transformations, in: S.R. Anderson & P. Kiparsky, A festschrift for Morris Halle, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York.