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Structuring Sense Volume 2The Normal Course of Events$
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Hagit Borer

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199263929

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263929.001.0001

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The Existential Road: Unergatives and Transitives

The Existential Road: Unergatives and Transitives

(p.255) 9 The Existential Road: Unergatives and Transitives
Structuring Sense Volume 2

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This chapter examines the properties of EP and range assignment to E , especially in the context of unergative and transitive structures. It shows that locatives, in some configurations, do allow for post-verbal subjects in unergatives, and in some transitive structures as well. This fact gives rise to an analysis of some locatives as existential binders and as range assigners to E , thereby shedding some important light on the nature of EP and E. Following a general discussion of the event argument and its properties and licensing in Section 9.2, Sections 9.3-5 turn to the investigation of locatives. Cases of locative licensing of post-verbal subjects in transitives are discussed in Section 9.6.

Keywords:   range assignment, event argument, licensing, locatives, Italian, Hebrew

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