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The Syntax of Roots and the Roots of Syntax$
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Artemis Alexiadou, Hagit Borer, and Florian Schäfer

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199665266

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199665266.001.0001

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When roots license and when they respect semantico‐syntactic structure in verbs

When roots license and when they respect semantico‐syntactic structure in verbs

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13 When roots license and when they respect semantico‐syntactic structure in verbs
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The Syntax of Roots and the Roots of Syntax
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Antje Roßdeutscher

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199665266.003.0013

This chapter investigates the contribution of roots to the syntactic and semantic properties of verbs. The principal question is: how can the semantics of verbs be constructed from their roots? The chapter constructs Discourse Representation Structures (DRS) from word-syntactic representation in the spirit of Distributed Morphology (DM). Roots can be considered to be events, stative properties, or entities: subtle differences show up when it comes to deciding how to implement the consequences of these three categories in a syntax-semantics interface.

Keywords:   Distributed Morphology, Discourse Representation Theory, roots, events, stative properties, entities, syntax-semantics interface

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