By Janet H. Randall
Linking – how semantic arguments map to the syntax – is without doubt one of the demanding situations for theories of the syntax-semantics interface. during this new procedure, Janet Randall explores the speculation that the positions of syntactic arguments are strictly decided via lexical argument geometry. Yielding novel – if occasionally amazing – conclusions, her Isomorphic Linking speculation establishes the linking styles of quite a lot of verbs and, with these effects, exhibits how you can cause "backwards" from how a given verb's arguments hyperlink to what its lexical illustration has to be. alongside the best way, the research takes on thorny lexical matters – reformulating the Theta Criterion, revisiting the a number of lexical-entry debate, disposing of "indirect" arguments and redefining unaccusativity. It bargains new insights into how arguments are represented, assembles a bunch of argument/adjunct diagnostics, and re-examines the relation among arguments and predicates. the results of this incisive research is an easy and constant account of linking, built-in with a thorough rethinking of the character of arguments and argument constitution.
From the reviews:
"Janet Randall’s Linking: The Geometry of Argument constitution, is an authoritative trip via a minefield of severe difficulties. Arguing a symmetry among conceptual constitution and argument constitution, it is going to richly present these readers who do themselves the want of taking the trip." (Samuel Jay Keyser, Professor Emeritus, MIT)
"In this ebook, Janet Randall, development on a lot fresh learn, develops her personal model of a geometric idea of the lexicon and explores a restrictive speculation on how lexical entries undertaking into syntactic constitution, according to constitution upkeep. Even those that, like myself, should not so vulnerable to consider notice that means in geometric phrases, will locate during this e-book a notable sequence of puzzles, demanding situations, and insights." (Gennaro Chierchia, Haas Foundations Professor of Linguistics, Harvard University)
"Janet Randall's ebook is a version of the way to cause around the interface among conceptual constitution and syntax. it's a goldmine of razor sharp observations approximately argument constitution and morphology. each one theoretical step is supported by means of rigorously constructed empirical facts. it is going to be an enduring accomplishment at either the theoretical and empirical level." (Tom Roeper, collage of Massachusetts, Amherst)