I need to clarify a little terminology and how I am understanding the graphs where antecedents are concerned.
When I think of an antecedent I think of the constituent referred to, which is how the dictionary defines the term. It seems though that when one searches the syntax for [ANTECEDENT] that one finds both the constituent referred to and the constituent/s referring to it. Is that so ?
If so, in this image then :
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χορτον is the actual antecedent and the two later null Subjects refer to antecedent 1. Now, if so, then is the "- 1" considered to be -1, that is "minus 1" rather than "dash space 1" ?
The reason I ask about the -1 is that in the document BriefUserGuideHebrewSyntaxDatabase_2016.pdf specific reference is made to null antecedent identifiers being negative numbers. Yet I cannot find any negative numbers in the diagrams except if I interpret as above.
Now if this is so then, are there really no true "null antecedents" as such but rather null constituents which refer to non-null antecedents ? And the reason I ask this question is because I was trying to find an example of one. It may in fact be a non-sensical concept of course, except perhaps in dislocation I suppose. If however such really do exist how do I search for them and could you post an example ? Either Greek or Hebrew would be fine.