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The Projection of Arguments cover

The Projection of Arguments

Lexical and Compositional Factors

edited by Miriam Butt and Wilhelm Geuder

It is becoming increasingly clear that the standard approach to argument linking in terms of "thematic roles", which are determined by the lexical meaning of verbs, has some serious shortcomings. This volume sets out to explore alternatives to a rigid model of lexical projection. It brings together a set of papers from different backgrounds that converge on the general hypothesis that the many semantic factors which influence the projection of arguments should be attributed to compositional processes rather than to the fixed contents of lexical entries. Proposals for a reassessment of the lexicon-syntax interface include flexible models of lexical meaning with productive derivation of alternants, as well as models where the structural context supplants much of the putative role of lexical entries. The topics addressed include questions of argument hierarchies and adicity of predicates, and the syntax and semantics of argument alternations in a set of very diverse languages, which include English, Dutch, Scottish Gaelic, Finnish, Hebrew, Kannada, Malay, Inuit, and Yaqui.

Miriam Butt is a researcher with the Fachgruppe Sprachwissenschaft at the University of Konstanz. Wilhelm Geuder is a researcher at the University of Tübingen, Seminar für Sprachenwissenschaft.


  • 1 Introduction
    Wilhelm Geuder and Miriam Butt
  • 2 Event Structure in Argument Linking
    William Croft
  • 3 Deconstructing the Lexicon
    Gillian Catriona Ramchand
  • 4 Building Verb Meanings
    Malka Rappaport Hovav and Beth Levin
  • 5 Deliminating Events in Syntax
    Elizabeth Ritter and Sara Thomas Rosen
  • 6 Strong and Weak Projection: Lexical Reflexives and Reciprocals
    K.P. Mohanan and Tara Mohanan
  • 7 Voice and Transitivity as Function Projections in Yaqui
    Eloise Jelinek
  • 8 On the Argument Structure of some Noun Incorporating Verbs in West Greenlandic
    Veerle Van Greenhoven
  • 9 Partitive Case and Aspect
    Paul Kiparsky
  • 10 Scrambling and the PF Interface
    Ad Neeleman and Tanya Reinhart
  • Subject Index
  • Name Index


ISBN (Paperback): 1575861100 (9781575861104)
ISBN (Cloth): 1575861119 (9781575861111)
ISBN (Electronic): 1575861119 (9781575861111)

Subject: Linguistics; Grammar--Syntax; Grammar--Verb

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