A Minimalist Approach to Argument Structure

Heidi Harley

in The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Minimalism

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199549368
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

 A Minimalist Approach to Argument Structure

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This article reviews some of the many and varied arguments for the ‘split-vP’ syntactic architecture that has taken over most of the functions of theta theory in the old Government and Binding framework, and considers how it can account for the central facts of argument structure and argument structure-changing operations. It then reviews the framework-wide implications of the new approach, which are considerable.

Keywords: syntactic architecture; split-vP; Binding framework; argument structure

Article.  7923 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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