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By Jim Wood

This e-book presents a close learn of Icelandic argument constitution alternations inside a syntactic thought of argument constitution. construction on contemporary theorizing in the Minimalist software and disbursed Morphology, the writer proposes that a lot of what's characteristically attributed to syntax could be relegated to the interfaces, and adapts the overdue insertion conception of morphology to semantics. The ensuing method kinds sound-meaning pairs through producing hierarchical constructions that may be translated into morphological representations, at the one hand, and semantic representations, at the different. The syntactic primitives, in spite of the fact that, underdetermine either morphophonology and semantics. with out beautiful to big conditions, the idea derives constraints at the exterior argument of causative-alternation verbs, interpretive regulations on nominative gadgets, and the optionally agentive interpretation of verbs denoting self-directed motion.

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This combines with causative v (by two instances (Footnote 32 continued) Irwin (2012) that roots are syntactic an semantic modifiers, and do not have the kinds of features necessary to project their category (see also De Belder (2011) for a related idea, and Kayne 2008a, where nouns have this status). However, this is not a necessary assumption for most of what follows, and the syntactic, phrase structural status of roots will not play a major role. What is more important is the view that roots contribute their semantics in a way that is distinct from the semantics of functional heads around them (cf.

First, some of the data in this book comes from the linguistic literature. In this case, I notate with the sentence its source and page number. Second, a lot of the data in this book comes from native speaker judgments I have gathered from linguists and non-linguists. Third, I have been fortunate enough to be able to use a number of corpora and online resources. is/sagnflokkar/. I owe a debt of gratitude to the linguists in Iceland for developing these resources, which have been incredibly useful to me.

Assuming that Open has the semantics in (52a), the structure in (51a) would be interpreted as in (52b): (52) a. b. ” This combines with causative v (by two instances (Footnote 32 continued) Irwin (2012) that roots are syntactic an semantic modifiers, and do not have the kinds of features necessary to project their category (see also De Belder (2011) for a related idea, and Kayne 2008a, where nouns have this status). However, this is not a necessary assumption for most of what follows, and the syntactic, phrase structural status of roots will not play a major role.

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