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Title: The Theta System
Subtitle: Argument Structure at the Interface
Edited By: Martin Everaert
Marijana Marelj
Tal Siloni
URL: http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199602520.do
Series Title: Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics 37
Description:

Before she died in 2007, Tanya Reinhart had gone a long way towards
developing the Theta System, a theory in which formal features defining the
thematic relations of verbs are encoded in the lexicon, enabling an interface
between the lexical component and the computational system/syntax,
directly, and the Inference system, indirectly.

This book considers the recent results and evaluations of Tanya Reinhart's
research in both theoretical and experimental domains. After a
comprehensive presentation of the framework by the editors, distinguished
linguists from all over the world examine the underpinning of the Theta
System, compare the framework to alternative approaches, and consider its
implications for the architecture of grammar. In addition, they consider and
exemplify the applications of the system and offer improvements and
extensions.

The book is an important contribution to linguistic research. It engages in the
key dialogue between competing lexicalist and syntactic approaches to
lexico-semantic problems and does so in the context of an impressive array
of new empirical data ranging from Germanic, Romance, and Slavic to Ugro-
Finnish, and Semitic languages.

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
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Pages: 432
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