An Event Semantics for the Theta System

Alexis Dimitriadis

in The Theta System

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199602513
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739200 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics

An Event Semantics for the Theta System

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A semantics is developed for the primitives (lexical entries and operations) of the Theta System, based on the event semantics of Davidson (1967), Parsons (1990. The semantic model predicts and explains why certain arity operations (causativization, decausativization) can be carried out in the lexical, but not the syntactic component of derivation.

Keywords: event semantics; theta roles; argument projection; lexical insertion; external argument

Chapter.  20283 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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