This paper aims to present evidence that a long-distance anaphor ziji ‘self’ and a short-distance anaphor pronoun+ziji ‘himself, yourself, ourselves, etc.’ may be free from binding everywhere in a sentence, which turns out not to obey binding condition A of the binding theory. It thus demands an explanation under the notion of binding.
We will observe certain uncommon binding and non-commanding phenomena concerning the two reflexive anaphors and then will examine some suggested possible solutions relating to the binding of the reflexives in Chinese. As the approaches we review in this paper fail to satisfactorily provide an adequate account for the phenomena, a possible explanation will be instantaneously proposed in the third section of this paper. In this paper we assume that there may exist two types of reflexive ziji in Chinese: on is a true ziji, which has the reflexive form throughout the entire application, from D-Structure to Logical Form; the other ziji may be a pronoun ta at D-Structure and S-Structure. By the operation of a replacement mechanism between the level of S-Structure and Logical Form, ziji is present at LF representation thereby explaining the non-binding and non-c-commanding problems.