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By John Bowers

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ISBN-13: 9780262014311

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In Arguments as Relations, John Bowers proposes a significantly new method of argument constitution that has the capability to unify info from quite a lot of diversified language varieties when it comes to an easy and common syntactic constitution. in lots of methods, Bowers's conception is the ordinary extension of 3 best principles within the literature: the minimalist method of Case idea (particularly Chomsky's concept that Case is assigned below the Agree functionality relation); the assumption of introducing arguments in specifiers of sensible 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 rules, including yes easy assumptions--notably the concept the preliminary order of merge of the 3 simple 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 classification and that those useful argument different types merge in bottom-to-top type in response to a hard and fast common Order of Merge (UOM). within the hierarchical buildings that end result from those operations, Affectee arguments can be maximum, subject matter arguments subsequent maximum, and Agent arguments lowest--exactly the other of the standard assumption.Linguistic Inquiry Monographs 58

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