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Argument Structure : Linguistic Inquiry Monographs - Jane Grimshaw

Argument Structure

Linguistic Inquiry Monographs

Paperback Published: 22nd April 1992
ISBN: 9780262570909
Number Of Pages: 216
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Argument Structure is a contribution to linguistics at the interface between lexical syntax and lexical semantics. It formulates an original and highly predictive theory of argument structure that accounts for a large number of syntactic phenomena. The main analytical focus is on passives, nominals, psychological predicates, and the theory of external arguments.In the course of Argument Structure, Jane Grimshaw suggests that, contrary to the prevailing view, argument structure is in fact structured; it encodes prominence relations among arguments which reflect both their thematic and their aspectual properties. The prominence relations support a new theory of external arguments, with far reaching consequences for the syntactic behavior of predicates, and the nature of cross-categorial variation in argument structure.Jane Grimshaw is Associate Professor of Linguistics and Cognitive Science at Brandeis University.

Part 1 Principles of argument-structure representation. Part 2 The structure of argument structure: structured argument structure - the thematic dimension; theta-marking and the structure of A-structure; structured argument structure - the aspectual dimension; consequences of thematic and aspectual prominence for linking; external arguments and A-structure prominence; theta role labels. Part 3 Nominalization: ambiguity in the nominal system; nominals and event structure; the lexical representation of nominals; compounds and argument structure; theta-marking properties of argument-taking nominals; complements and modifiers; some conclusions in nominalization. Part 4 The argument structure of nominals and passives: suppressed positions and argument adjuncts; external arguments and suppression; more evidence for suppression; argument adjuncts in passives and nominals; argument, adjunct, or argument adjunct? Part 5 Argument structure and anaphora: reflexive cliticization; local anaphora and thematic-hierarchy effects; long-distance anaphora and prominence.

ISBN: 9780262570909
ISBN-10: 0262570904
Series: Linguistic Inquiry Monographs
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 22nd April 1992
Publisher: AMITY PUB CO
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.19  x 1.17
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Type: New edition