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Introducing Arguments

Liina Pylkkänen


This concise work offers a compositional theory of verbal argument structure in natural languages that focuses on how arguments which are not “core” arguments of the verb (arguments that are not introduced by verbal roots themselves) are introduced into argument structures. It shows that the type of argument structure variation which allows additional noncore arguments is a pervasive property of human language and that most languages have verbs which exhibit this behavior. It would be natural to hypothesize that the grammatical elements which allow for this variation are the same in different ... More

Keywords: argument structure, languages, verbal roots, verbs, Venda, noncore arguments, introducing elements, distributional difference, grammatical elements, Chomsky

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780262162548
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262162548.001.0001


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Liina Pylkkänen, author

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