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Phrase Structure and Argument Structure: A Case Study of the Syntax-Semantics Interface

Terje Lohndal

Abstract

This book focuses on how syntax and meaning go together. It argues that two seemingly unrelated questions are actually intimately related: whether thematic arguments should be severed from the verb and whether there is a syntactic difference between specifiers and complements. Thus the book combines research in the domain of argument structure with research on phrase structure. It is argued that it is possible to create a mapping from syntax to logical form such that each syntactic Spell-Out domain corresponds to a conjunct at logical form. The book shows how one can adjust Spell-Out in order ... More

Keywords: argument structure, interface, logical form, Neo-Davidsonian, semantics, specifier, Spell-Out, syntax

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199677115
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677115.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Terje Lohndal, author
Associate Professor of English Linguistics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology