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Arguments as Relations

John Bowers

Abstract

This book proposes a radically new approach to argument structure that has the potential to unify data from a wide range of different language types in terms of a simple and universal syntactic structure. In many ways, the proposed theory is the natural extension of three leading ideas in the literature: The minimalist approach to Case theory (particularly Noam Chomsky’s idea that Case is assigned under the Agree function relation); the idea of introducing arguments in specifiers of functional categories rather than in projections of lexical categories; and the neo-Davidsonian approach to argu ... More

Keywords: argument structure, language, syntactic structure, Case theory, Noam Chomsky, Agree, function relation, functional categories, lexical categories, Universal Order

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780262014311
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262014311.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Bowers, author