Argument Structure and Syntactic Relations: A by Maia Duguine, Susana Huidobro, Nerea Madariaga PDF

By Maia Duguine, Susana Huidobro, Nerea Madariaga

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The subject of this assortment is argument constitution. The fourteen chapters during this e-book are divided into 4 components: Semantic and Syntactic homes of occasion constitution; A Cartographic View on Argument constitution; Syntactic Heads eager about Argument constitution; and Argument constitution in Language Acquisition. Rigorous theoretical analyses are mixed with empirical paintings on particular elements of argument constitution. The e-book brings jointly authors operating in several linguistic fields (semantics, syntax, and language acquisition), who discover new findings in addition to extra validated facts, yet then from new theoretical views. The contributions suggest cartographic perspectives of argument constitution, instead of minimalistic proposals of a binary template version for argument constitution, with a view to optimally account for numerous syntactic and semantic proof, in addition to information derived from wider cross-linguistic views.

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3a-b) and (11a-b) – does not reflect identity of their lexical representations and/or syntactic structures they project. But what exactly is this difference? In the next section, we start answering the second question by taking a finer look at the non-culminating readings of AP-verbs like oj ‘demolish, crumble’ and AS-verbs like ac ‘open’ in transitive configurations. We will discover that despite apparent similarity of examples like (3a-b) and (11a-b), their interpretation is not exactly the same.

B. The rest of verbs that allow for anticausativization retain the atelic (nonculminating) interpretation. (9a) is illustrated by examples like (10a-b): (10) a. ešik eki sekunt-xa ac-ıl-tan-dı. ’ b. *ešik eki satat ac-ıl-tan-dı. door two hour open-anticaus-pfct-3sg Lit. ’ We see that unlike what happens in a variety of other syntactic environments in (4)(7), anticausativization does affect the eventuality type of accomplishment verbs. In contrast with finite clauses in (4)-(5), as well as with the infinitival clause in (6) and vP that occurs as a complement of the causative morpheme in (7), the atelic anticausative in (10b) is ungrammatical.

Its precise lexical distribution is not significant for our purposes, however. Anticausativization is exemplified in (8b): (8) a. alim ešik-ni ac-xan-dı. ’ b. ešik ac-ıl-tan-dı. ’ In (8a), the non-derived transitive verb ac ‘open’ occurs, and (8b) is the product of anticausativization. In (8b), the internal argument ešik ‘door’ assumes the subject position, and the sentence refers to a change of state of that argument. Two crucial facts about the eventuality type of the anticausative are listed in (9): (9) a.

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