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The Theta System: an Introduction

Martin Everaert, Marijana Marelj and Tal Siloni

in The Theta System

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199602513
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739200 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602513.003.0001

Series: Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics

The Theta System: an Introduction

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The goal of this introduction is threefold. Firstly, it overviews the core issues and challenges at the lexicon-syntax interface, thus setting the stage for the appearance of the Theta system of Reinhart (1991, 1996, 2000, 2002 et seq.) Secondly, in broad strokes, it demonstrates how the system deals (away) with the thematic roles as primitives, addresses the issue of verbal alternations and the gaps that exist in the paradigm, and, as illustrated by some of the most notorious instances of mapping puzzles, tackles the linking of the semantic categories to syntax. Last but not least, it provides summaries of the contributions to this volume. The contributions themselves examine the underpinnings, explore the advantages, and suggest further developments and improvements of the Theta system.

Keywords: lexicon-syntax interface; feature clusters; transitive-unaccusative alternation; theme-unaccusatives & theme-unergatives; subject & object-experiencers

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Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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