Argument Realization

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 20, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 278 pages
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The relationship between verbs and their arguments is a widely debated topic in linguistics. This comprehensive survey provides an overview of this important research area, exploring theories of how a verb's semantics can determine the morphosyntactic realization of its arguments. Assuming a close connection between verb meaning and syntactic structure, it provides a bridge between lexical-semantic and syntactic research, synthesizing the results of work from a range of linguistic subdisciplines and in a variety of theoretical frameworks. It will be invaluable to those working in syntax, semantics, and related fields.

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2 Semantic role lists
3 Current approaches to lexical semantic representation
4 Three conceptualizations of events
5 The mapping from lexical semantics to syntax
6 Thematic hierarchies in argument realization
7 Multiple argument realization

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Beth Levin is William H. Bonsall Professor in the Humanities at the Department of Linguistics, Stanford University.

Malka Rappaport Hovav is Professor in the Department of English, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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