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Title: Linking
Subtitle: The Geometry of Argument Structure
Written By: Janet H. Randall
Series Title: Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory

Linking – how semantic arguments map to the syntax – is one of the
challenges for theories of the syntax-semantics interface. In this new
approach, Janet Randall explores the hypothesis that the positions of
syntactic arguments are strictly determined by lexical argument geometry.
Yielding novel – if sometimes surprising – conclusions, her Isomorphic
Linking Hypothesis establishes the linking patterns of a wide range of
verbs and, with those results, shows how to reason "backwards" from how a
given verb's arguments link to what its lexical representation must be.
Along the way, the investigation takes on thorny lexical issues –
reformulating the Theta Criterion, revisiting the multiple lexical-entry
debate, eliminating "indirect" arguments and redefining unaccusativity. It
offers new insights into how arguments are represented, assembles a host of
argument/adjunct diagnostics, and re-examines the relation between
arguments and predicates. The result of this incisive study is a simple and
consistent account of linking, integrated with a radical rethinking of the
nature of arguments and argument structure.

From the reviews:
"Janet Randall’s Linking: The Geometry of Argument Structure, is an
authoritative journey through a minefield of critical problems. Arguing a
symmetry between conceptual structure and argument structure, it will
richly reward those readers who do themselves the favor of taking the
trip." (Samuel Jay Keyser, Professor Emeritus, MIT)

"In this book, Janet Randall, building on much recent research, develops
her own version of a geometrical theory of the lexicon and explores a
restrictive hypothesis on how lexical entries project into syntactic
structure, based on structure preservation. Even those who, like myself,
are not so inclined to think of word meaning in geometric terms, will find
in this book a striking series of puzzles, challenges, and insights."
(Gennaro Chierchia, Haas Foundations Professor of Linguistics, Harvard

"Janet Randall's book is a model of how to reason across the interface
between conceptual structure and syntax. It is a goldmine of razor sharp
observations about argument structure and morphology. Each theoretical step
is supported by carefully developed empirical evidence. It will be a
lasting accomplishment at both the theoretical and empirical level." (Tom
Roeper, University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Springer
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9781402083082
Pages: 342
Prices: Europe EURO 139.95
U.S. $ 219
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781402083075
Pages: 342
Prices: Europe EURO 139.95
U.S. $ 219