Arguments as Relations (Linguistic Inquiry Monographs) by John Bowers PDF

By John Bowers

ISBN-10: 0262014319

ISBN-13: 9780262014311

ISBN-10: 0262514338

ISBN-13: 9780262514330

In Arguments as Relations, John Bowers proposes a substantially new method of argument constitution that has the aptitude to unify info from a variety of diversified language forms by way of an easy and common syntactic constitution. in lots of methods, Bowers's idea is the common extension of 3 prime rules within the literature: the minimalist method of Case thought (particularly Chomsky's concept that Case is assigned lower than the Agree functionality relation); the assumption of introducing arguments in specifiers of sensible different types instead of in projections of lexical different types; and the neo-Davidsonian method of argument constitution represented within the paintings of Parsons and others. Bowers pulls jointly those strands within the literature and shapes them right into a unified theory.These rules, including sure uncomplicated assumptions--notably the concept the preliminary order of merge of the 3 uncomplicated argument different types of Agent, subject matter, and Affectee is simply the other of what has been virtually universally assumed within the literature--lead Bowers to a basic rethinking of argument constitution. He proposes that each argument is merged because the specifier of a selected kind of mild verb class and that those practical argument different types merge in bottom-to-top style according to a set common Order of Merge (UOM). within the hierarchical buildings that outcome from those operations, Affectee arguments may be optimum, topic arguments subsequent maximum, and Agent arguments lowest--exactly the other of the standard assumption.Linguistic Inquiry Monographs 58

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