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Thematic Structure in Syntax (Linguistic Inquiry Monographs), Williams, Edwin
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Author Name:    Williams, Edwin

Title:   Thematic Structure in Syntax (Linguistic Inquiry Monographs)

Binding:   PAPERBACK

Book Condition:   New

Publisher:    The MIT Press 

ISBN Number:   0262731061 / 9780262731065

Seller ID:   ING9780262731065

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This important monograph summarizes, rethinks, and extends a decade ofthe author's work on therole assignments - the ways in which the roles implied byverbs of a given type play out in terms of position and other syntactic functions.The study of theta roles and the locality of theta-role assignment leads into manyinteresting areas of linguistic theory, such as scope, the ECP, X-bar theory, binding theory, and the weak crossover condition; Williams's reconstruction thusoffers a systematic integration of a remarkably wide range of syntacticphenomena.Williams starts by outlining a theory of the clause, specifically, of thedistribution of Nominative Case and Tense. He then develops a formalism for thenotion of"external argument" that is used throughout the rest of the book.Subsequent chapters review the issues surrounding the syntactic expression of thesubject-predicate relationship, extend the notion of external argument to include NPmovement, and reanalyze the verb movement constructions as deriving from thecalculus of theta roles rather than movement.The last chapter distinguishesreferential dependence and coreference, showing that a general Leftness conditiongoverns the former, while the binding theory restated in terms of theta relationsgoverns the latter.Edwin Williams is Professor of Linguistics at PrincetonUniversity.

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