Concepts, Syntax, and Their Interface: The Theta System by Tanya Reinhart, Martin Everaert, Marijana Marelj, Eric

By Tanya Reinhart, Martin Everaert, Marijana Marelj, Eric Reuland

One of Tanya Reinhart's significant contributions to linguistic thought is the advance of the Theta process (TS), a conception of the interface among the process of strategies and the linguistic computational approach. Reinhart brought her idea in a seminal paper, "The Theta procedure: Syntactic attention of Verbal strategies" (2000) and for that reason released different papers with additional theoretical improvement. even if Reinhart persevered to paintings at the Theta process, she had no longer accomplished a deliberate Linguistic Inquiry quantity at the subject sooner than her premature loss of life in 2007. This publication, then, is the 1st to supply a scientific exposition of Reinhart's Theta process. The middle of the e-book is Reinhart's 2000 paper, followed via vast endnotes with clarifications, summaries, and hyperlinks to next variations of the idea, a few in Reinhart's unpublished paintings. An appendix through Marijana Marelj discusses the area of Case, in accordance with an LSA path she taught with Reinhart in 2005. extra essays by means of Reinhart's linguistic colleagues talk about the department of work among the lexicon and syntax and the obvious clash among the Theta process and allotted Morphology.

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The whip/*The rain galloped the horse to the stable. (52) a. The baby/*The spoon/*Hunger ate the soup. b. Lucie/*The razor/*The heat shaved Max. c. Lucie/*The snow/*The desire to feel warm dressed Max. The verbs in (50) are sometimes described as causative, but this does not help us very much, since those in (51) are also causative. There is a lively literature on the lexical semantics of the verbs in (50), to which I will return, but the problem we are dealing with here is not a problem of lexical meaning; rather, it is one of stating selectional restrictions (ruling (50) in, and (51)–(52) out).

But it cannot work for (30b), since the two arguments it needs to operate on are not coarguments of the verb croit, and the complex predicate croit intelligent cannot possibly be listed as a lexical entry. By contrast, the unaccusative analysis assumes that the external role of croit is missing, as in (31a), and the sentence is derived as in (31b). This is indeed a decisive argument against lexical reduction, but note that it holds only for clitic languages. For example, we do not find anything like (32a) in Hebrew, which reflexive-marks the verb, or (33a) in English, which uses no marking (as should be the case if reflexives are universally unaccusative).

41) a. *She moves so gracefully because she is an experienced mover. b. *He is a rapid grower. (42) a. She dresses slowly because she is an elegant dresser. b. He shaves slowly because he is not an experienced shaver. A crucial point about unaccusatives with reflexive morphology in Hebrew is that they still show all the syntactic traits of unaccusativity. But the reflexives with the same morphology behave like unergative verbs. The most striking trait of unaccusatives in Hebrew, as in Italian, is that their single argument can remain xv.

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