Argument structure - the pattern of underlying relations between a predicate and its dependents - is at the base of syntactic theory and the theory of the interface with semantics. This comprehensive guide explores the motives for thematic and event-structural decomposition, and its relation to structure in syntax. It also discusses broad patterns in the linking of syntactic to semantic relations, and includes insightful case studies on passive and resultative constructions. Semantically explicit and syntactically impartial, with a careful, interrogative approach, Williams clarifies notions of argument within both lexicalist and nonlexicalist approaches. Ideal for students and researchers in syntactic and semantic theory, this introduction includes: · A comprehensive overview of arguments in syntax and semantics · Discussion questions and suggestions for further reading · A glossary with helpful definitions of key terms.
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A guide to the relations between a predicate and its arguments, for researchers and advanced students in linguistics. Engages foundational issues in both syntax and semantics, with attention to the correspondence between structure at the two levels. Chapters include discussion questions and suggestions for further reading.About the Author:
Alexander Williams is Assistant Professor in the Departments of Linguistics and Philosophy at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he teaches semantics, syntax, and philosophy of language.
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Buchbeschreibung Cambridge University Press Jan 2015, 2015. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. Neuware - A guide to the relations between a predicate and its arguments, for researchers and advanced students in linguistics. 396 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9780521151726