Arguments and Case: Explaining Burzio's Generalization

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Eric J. Reuland
John Benjamins Publishing, 2000 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 253 pages
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The ideas presented by the contributions in this volume originated in a workshop on Burzio's generalization. Burzio's Generalization (BG) states that a verb which does not assign an external theta-role to its subject does not assign structural accusative Case to an object and conversely. It connects cross-linguistic similarities between e.g. passives, raising verbs, and unaccusatives. However, it does so by linking very different properties of a predicate. This raises fundamental questions about its theoretical status. The contributions in this volume explore BG's theoretical basis. A consensus emerges that BG is, in fact, an epiphenomenon, due to the interaction of different principles of grammar. Moreover, the contributions show a striking convergence as to how BG is ultimately derived. The results obtained make a significant contribution to the further development of theories of Case and thematic relations.
 

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Contents

Case and Licensing
11
Licensing of Structural Case Plus Economy
31
The Nature of Verbs and Burzios Generalization
57
Oblique Subjects and Burzios Generalization
79
Burzios Generalization and its Image in the Mirror
103
Perfectivity and Burzios
131
Anatomy of a Generalization
195
Name Index
241
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