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Fri Apr 06 2012

Books: The Theta System: Marelj, Siloni, Everaert (Eds)

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Date: 05-Apr-2012
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Subject: The Theta System: Marelj, Siloni, Everaert (Eds)
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Title: The Theta System Subtitle: Argument Structure at the Interface Series Title: Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics 37 Published: 2012 Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Editor: Martin Everaert Editor: Marijana Marelj Editor: Tal Siloni Hardback: ISBN: 9780199602513 Pages: 432 Price: U.K. £ 75.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9780199602520 Pages: 432 Price: U.K. £ 29.99

Before she died in 2007, Tanya Reinhart had gone a long way towardsdeveloping the Theta System, a theory in which formal features defining thethematic relations of verbs are encoded in the lexicon, enabling an interfacebetween 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'sresearch in both theoretical and experimental domains. After acomprehensive presentation of the framework by the editors, distinguishedlinguists from all over the world examine the underpinning of the ThetaSystem, compare the framework to alternative approaches, and consider itsimplications for the architecture of grammar. In addition, they consider andexemplify the applications of the system and offer improvements andextensions.

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

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
Written In: English (eng)

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