Argument Structure and Syntactic Relations: A Cross-linguistic Perspective

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Maia Duguine, Susana Huidobro, Nerea Madariaga
John Benjamins Publishing, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 348 pages
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The topic of this collection is argument structure. The fourteen chapters in this book are divided into four parts: Semantic and Syntactic Properties of Event Structure; A Cartographic View on Argument Structure; Syntactic Heads Involved in Argument Structure; and Argument Structure in Language Acquisition. Rigorous theoretical analyses are combined with empirical work on specific aspects of argument structure. The book brings together authors working in different linguistic fields (semantics, syntax, and language acquisition), who explore new findings as well as more established data, but then from new theoretical perspectives. The contributions propose cartographic views of argument structure, as opposed to minimalistic proposals of a binary template model for argument structure, in order to optimally account for various syntactic and semantic facts, as well as data derived from wider cross-linguistic perspectives.

"Argument structure plays a central role in the articulation of syntax. Yet whether this contribution is primordial or derivative, derivational or representational, minimalist or cartographic, is entirely up for grabs. This is what makes a book like the present one equivalent to a murder thriller: one cannot finish one chapter without wanting to read the next. While the solution to the underlying mystery remains as open as it ever was, the clues offered here seem just impossible to ignore."

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Argument structure and syntactic relations
Part I Semantic and syntactic properties of the event structure
Aspectual composition in causatives
Atelicity and anticausativization
Minimalist variability in the verb phrase
On the lsyntax of manner and causation
Nominalization event aspect and argument structure
Part II A global view on argument structure
An lsyntax for adjuncts
The derivation of dative alternations
Basque ditransitives
Applicative structure and Mandarin ditransitives
Unintentionally out of control
Part IV Argument structure in language acquisition
Zero timearguments in French child language
Reevaluating the role of innate linking rules in the acquisition of verb argument structure

The syntax of argument structure
Argument structure and quantifier scope
Part III Syntactic heads involved in argument structure

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