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LINGUIST List 22.1074

Fri Mar 04 2011

Books: Syntax: Babby

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Message 1: The Syntax of Argument Structure: Babby
Date: 04-Mar-2011
From: Joyce Reid <jreidcambridge.org>
Subject: The Syntax of Argument Structure: Babby
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Title: The Syntax of Argument Structure
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 120
Published: 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Author: Leonard H. Babby
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521182331 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 23.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521182331 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 39.99
Abstract:

Each verb in natural language is associated with a set of arguments,
which are not systematically predictable from the verb's meaning and
are realized syntactically as the projected sentence's subject, direct
object, etc. Babby puts forward the theory that this set of arguments
(the verb's 'argument structure') has a universal hierarchical
composition which directly determines the sentence's case and
grammatical relations. The structure is uniform across language
families and types, and this theory is supported by the fact that the
core grammatical relations within simple sentences of all human
languages are essentially identical. Babby determines and empirically
justifies the rigid hierarchical organization of argument structure on
which this theory rests. The book uses examples taken primarily from
Russian, a language whose complex inflectional system, free word
order, and lack of obligatory determiners make it the typological
polar opposite of English.

Table of Contents

1. The internal structure of argument structure and its morphosyntactic projection;
2. The diathesis-driven derivation of adjectives: adjectival small clauses and predicates;
3. The derivation of hybrid verbal adjuncts;
4. The derivation and control of infinitive complements in Russian;
5. Deriving the predicate instrumental: the status of predicate case.


Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Subject Language(s): Russian (rus)

Written In: English (eng )

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