The Theta System: Argument Structure at the Interface

Paperback | May 12, 2012

EditorMartin Everaert, Marijana Marelj, Tal SIloni

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Before she died in 2007, Tanya Reinhart had gone a long way towards developing the Theta System, a theory in which formal features defining the thematic relations of verbs are encoded in the lexicon, enabling an interface between the lexical component and the computational system/syntax,directly, and the Inference system, indirectly.This book considers the recent results and evaluations of Tanya Reinhart's research in both theoretical and experimental domains. After a comprehensive presentation of the framework by the editors, distinguished linguists from all over the world examine the underpinning of the Theta System, comparethe framework to alternative approaches, and consider its implications for the architecture of grammar. In addition, they consider and exemplify the applications of the system and offer improvements and extensions.The book is an important contribution to linguistic research. It engages in the key dialogue between competing lexicalist and syntactic approaches to lexico-semantic problems and does so in the context of an impressive array of new empirical data ranging from Germanic, Romance, and Slavic toUgro-Finnish, and Semitic languages.

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Before she died in 2007, Tanya Reinhart had gone a long way towards developing the Theta System, a theory in which formal features defining the thematic relations of verbs are encoded in the lexicon, enabling an interface between the lexical component and the computational system/syntax,directly, and the Inference system, indirectly.Th...

Martin Everaert is Professor of Linguistics at Utrecht University and Director of the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS. He works primarily on the syntax-semantics interface (anaphora: reflexives, reciprocals) and the lexicon-syntax interface (idioms/collocations, and argument structure).Marijana Marelj is an Assistant Professor of ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:May 12, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Introduction: The Theta System2. Ad Neeleman and Hans van de Koot: The Linguistic Expression of Causation3. Martin Haiden: The Content of Semantic Roles: Predicate-argument structure in language and cognition4. Edwin Williams: Combine5. Hagit Borer: In the Event of a Nominal6. Malka Rappaport Hovav and Beth Levin: Lexicon Uniformity and the Causative Alternation7. Gyorgy Rakosi: In Defense of the Non-causative Analysis of Anticausatives8. Julie Fadlon: Hidden Entries: A psycholinguistic study of derivational gaps9. Peter Ackema and Marijana Narelj: To Have the Empty Theta-role10. Joseph Potashink: Emission Verbs11. Aya Meltzer-Asscher: Verbal Passives in English and Hebrew: A comparative study12. Alexis Dimitriadis: An Event Semantics for the Theta System13. Joao Costa and Na'ama Friedmann: Children Acquire Unaccusative and A-movement Very Early on