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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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Clitics and Reflexives: Reducing the Lexicon-Syntax Parameter1

Clitics and Reflexives: Reducing the Lexicon-Syntax Parameter1

(p.175) III Clitics and Reflexives: Reducing the Lexicon-Syntax Parameter1
Concepts, Syntax, and Their Interface

Marijana Marelj

Eric Reuland

The MIT Press

This chapter assesses the nature of the operations affecting the valence of verbal predicates in the lexicon and in the syntax. It starts out with a more general perspective on binding theory and on the relation between TS and DM. Building on Reinhart and Siloni (2005), it presents a detailed examination of reflexive clitics in Romance and Slavic and the way they differ from simplex reflexives in Germanic. It provides evidence that – though empirically correct - the Lexicon-Syntax parameter proposed by Reinhart and Siloni is not necessary as an independent parameter. Rather, its effects can be derived from low-level differences in the functional system among languages. Specifically, it can be reduced to whether or not a language has syntactic clitics, and to how valence reduction of a verb affects its Case properties.

Keywords:   Lexicon-syntax parameter, Argument structure, Thematic roles, Valence-changing operations, Clitics, Functional structure, Case system

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