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Concepts, Syntax, and Their InterfaceThe Theta System$
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Tanya Reinhart, Martin Everaert, and Marijana Marelj

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034135

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034135.001.0001

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The Theta System: Syntactic Realization of Verbal Concepts

The Theta System: Syntactic Realization of Verbal Concepts

(p.1) I The Theta System: Syntactic Realization of Verbal Concepts
Concepts, Syntax, and Their Interface

Tanya Reinhart

The MIT Press

The specific problem addressed in this chapter is what makes it possible for the same lexical verb-entry to be realized in different syntactic configurations. In order to do so, it develops a precise theory of the Theta system as the central system of the systems of concepts. This system contains (at least) lexical entries, which are coded concepts, the ?-relations of verb-entries, and a set of operations on lexical entries, and yields representations legible to the Inference, Context, and Sound systems. It develops a decomposition.al analysis of thematic roles in terms of two binary features, representing perceived causation [+/-c] and mental involvement [+/-m] The chapter contains extensive discussions of the processes underlying the formation of unaccusatives, passives, and middles and of experiencer alternations. While based on the text of Reinhart (2000), it is enriched with extensive annotations by the editors relating it to subsequent developments in the theory and a summary of the approach based on Reinhart (2002).

Keywords:   Thematic relation, Computational system, Architecture of grammar, Feature: Perceived causation, Feature: Mental involvement, Operations on lexical entries, Unaccusatives, Passives, Middles, Experiencer alternations

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