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By John Bowers

ISBN-10: 0262014319

ISBN-13: 9780262014311

ISBN-10: 0262514338

ISBN-13: 9780262514330

In Arguments as Relations, John Bowers proposes a extensively new method of argument constitution that has the capability to unify info from quite a lot of assorted language varieties when it comes to an easy and common syntactic constitution. in lots of methods, Bowers's concept is the average extension of 3 prime principles within the literature: the minimalist method of Case thought (particularly Chomsky's concept that Case is assigned lower than the Agree functionality relation); the belief of introducing arguments in specifiers of useful 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 principles, including convinced uncomplicated assumptions--notably the concept the preliminary order of merge of the 3 uncomplicated argument different types of Agent, subject, and Affectee is simply the other of what has been nearly 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 specific kind of gentle verb class and that those useful argument different types merge in bottom-to-top type based on a set common Order of Merge (UOM). within the hierarchical constructions that outcome from those operations, Affectee arguments may be maximum, subject arguments subsequent maximum, and Agent arguments lowest--exactly the other of the standard assumption.Linguistic Inquiry Monographs 58

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