Towards a minimal argument structure

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In this paper I give a short presentation of a syntactic approach to argument structure, taking a particular implementation of the minimalist framework (Chomsky (1995, 2001 and later)) as my point of departure. The proposed account allows for only 16 different argument structures, thereby reducing the syntactic variation at this level of syntax considerably. The theory also offers an explanation why no verb can have more than three DP arguments. Since the theory has its base in narrow syntax and not in the single verb and its argument structure variation, it may furthermore help us to understand which properties must be found in a particular root for it to be associated with this or that argument structure.
Titel på värdpublikationMélanges plurilingues offerts à Suzanne Schlyter à l’occasion de son 75ème anniversaire,
RedaktörerPetra Bernardini, Verner Egerland, Jonas Granfeldt
FörlagLund University: Språk- och litteraturcentrum
ISBN (tryckt)978-91-978017-0-6
StatusPublished - 2009

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