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The Theta SystemArgument Structure at the Interface$
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Martin Everaert, Marijana Marelj, and Tal Siloni

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199602513

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602513.001.0001

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The Theta System: an Introduction

The Theta System: an Introduction

(p.1) 1 The Theta System: an Introduction
The Theta System

Martin Everaert

Marijana Marelj

Tal Siloni

Oxford University Press

The goal of this introduction is threefold. Firstly, it overviews the core issues and challenges at the lexicon-syntax interface, thus setting the stage for the appearance of the Theta system of Reinhart (1991, 1996, 2000, 2002 et seq.) Secondly, in broad strokes, it demonstrates how the system deals (away) with the thematic roles as primitives, addresses the issue of verbal alternations and the gaps that exist in the paradigm, and, as illustrated by some of the most notorious instances of mapping puzzles, tackles the linking of the semantic categories to syntax. Last but not least, it provides summaries of the contributions to this volume. The contributions themselves examine the underpinnings, explore the advantages, and suggest further developments and improvements of the Theta system.

Keywords:   lexicon-syntax interface, feature clusters, transitive-unaccusative alternation, theme-unaccusatives & theme-unergatives, subject & object-experiencers

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