The theta system : argument structure at the interface

edited by Martin Everaert, Marijana Marelj, Tal Siloni

Before she died in 2007, Tanya Reinhart had gone a long way towards developing the Theta System, a theory in which formal features defining the thematic relations of verbs are encoded in the lexicon, enabling an interface between the lexical component and the computational system/syntax, directly, and the Inference system, indirectly. This book considers the recent results and evaluations of Tanya Reinhart's research in both theoretical and experimental domains. After a comprehensive presentation of the framework by the editors, distinguished linguists from all over the world examine the underpinning of the Theta System, compare the framework to alternative approaches, and consider its implications for the architecture of grammar. In addition, they consider and exemplify the applications of the system and offer improvements and extensions. The book is an important contribution to linguistic research. It engages in the key dialogue between competing lexicalist and syntactic approaches to lexico-semantic problems and does so in the context of an impressive array of new empirical data ranging from Germanic, Romance, and Slavic to Ugro-Finnish, and Semitic languages.

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  • 1. Introduction: The Theta System
  • 2. The Linguistic Expression of Causation
  • 3. The Content of Semantic Roles: Predicate-argument structure in language and cognition
  • 4. Combine
  • 5. In the Event of a Nominal
  • 6. Lexicon Uniformity and the Causative Alternation
  • 7. In Defense of the Non-causative Analysis of Anticausatives
  • 8. Hidden Entries: A psycholinguistic study of derivational gaps
  • 9. To Have the Empty Theta-role
  • 10. Emission Verbs
  • 11. Verbal Passives in English and Hebrew: A comparative study
  • 12. An Event Semantics for the Theta System
  • 13. Children Acquire Unaccusative and A-movement Very Early on

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書名 The theta system : argument structure at the interface
著作者等 Everaert, Martin
Marelj, Marijana
Siloni, Tal
シリーズ名 Oxford studies in theoretical linguistics
出版元 Oxford University Press
刊行年月 2012
ページ数 xiv, 407 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 9780199602513
NCID BB10480978
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス