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Linguistic Inquiry Monographs #23: Thematic Structure in Syntax

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This important monograph summarizes, rethinks, and extends a decade of the author's work on therole assignments - the ways in which the roles implied by verbs of a given type play out in terms of position and other syntactic functions. The study of theta roles and the locality of theta-role assignment leads into many interesting areas of linguistic theory, such as scope, the ECP, X-bar theory, binding theory, and the weak crossover condition; Williams's reconstruction thus offers a systematic integration of a remarkably wide range of syntactic phenomena.Williams starts by outlining a theory of the clause,specifically, of the distribution of Nominative Case and Tense. He then develops a formalism for the notion of"external argument" that is used throughout the rest of the book. Subsequent chapters review the issues surrounding the syntactic expression of the subject-predicate relationship, extend the notion of external argument to include NP movement, and reanalyze the verb movement constructions as deriving from the calculus of theta roles rather than movement.The last chapter distinguishes referential dependence and coreference, showing that a general Leftness condition governs the former, while the binding theory restated in terms of theta relations governs the latter.Edwin Williams is Professor of Linguistics at Princeton University.

Synopsis:

This important monograph summarizes, rethinks, and extends a decade of the author's work on therole assignments—the ways in which the roles implied by verbs of a given type play out in terms of position and other syntactic functions.

Synopsis:

This important monograph summarizes, rethinks, and extends a decade of the author's work on therole assignments--the ways in which the roles implied by verbs of a given type play out in terms of position and other syntactic functions. The study of theta roles and the locality of theta-role assignment leads into many interesting areas of linguistic theory, such as scope, the ECP, X-bar theory, binding theory, and the weak crossover condition; Williams's reconstruction thus offers a systematic integration of a remarkably wide range of syntactic phenomena.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [255]-261) and index.

About the Author

Edwin Williams is Professor of Linguistics at Princeton University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780262731065
Author:
Williams, Edwin
Publisher:
The MIT Press
Location:
Cambridge, Mass. :
Subject:
Grammar
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Language arts
Subject:
Grammar, Comparative and general
Subject:
Syntax
Subject:
Generative grammar
Subject:
Grammar & Punctuation
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Subject:
Reference-Grammar and Style
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Linguistic Inquiry Monographs Thematic Structure in Syntax
Series Volume:
23
Publication Date:
19940110
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Pages:
278
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , This important monograph summarizes, rethinks, and extends a decade of the author's work on therole assignments—the ways in which the roles implied by verbs of a given type play out in terms of position and other syntactic functions.
"Synopsis" by , This important monograph summarizes, rethinks, and extends a decade of the author's work on therole assignments--the ways in which the roles implied by verbs of a given type play out in terms of position and other syntactic functions. The study of theta roles and the locality of theta-role assignment leads into many interesting areas of linguistic theory, such as scope, the ECP, X-bar theory, binding theory, and the weak crossover condition; Williams's reconstruction thus offers a systematic integration of a remarkably wide range of syntactic phenomena.
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