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The Morphosyntax of TransitionsA Case Study in Latin and Other Languages$
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Víctor Acedo-Matellán

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198733287

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198733287.001.0001

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A neo-constructionist perspective on argument structure

A neo-constructionist perspective on argument structure

(p.7) 2 A neo-constructionist perspective on argument structure
The Morphosyntax of Transitions

Víctor Acedo-Matellán

Oxford University Press

The neo-constructionist view of the lexicon-syntax interface is presented: the computational system of the language faculty creates structures independently of the semantic encyclopaedic features of lexical items. The role of lexical items in the interpretation of linguistic expressions is reduced to that of contributing their encyclopaedic content. The two main types of theories of the lexicon-syntax interface are described: the projectionist and the constructionist theories. A revision of Hale and Keyser’s theory of argument structure as a predecessor of neo-constructionist frameworks is provided, together with a refutation of their concept of l-syntax. Three other neo-constructionist theories —Mateu, Borer, and the Distributed Morphology model (Halle and Marantz)—are critically examined. Finally, a localist-aspectual model is proposed, centred on the difference between elements conveying encyclopaedic content, roots, and elements conveying grammatical content, i.e. functional heads.

Keywords:   argument structure, neo-constructionist theory, projectionist theory, lexicon-syntax interface, Hale and Keyser, l-syntax, Distributed Morphology, root, functional head, localist-aspectual model

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