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Language Change, Variation, and Universals$
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Peter W. Culicover

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780198865391

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198865391.001.0001

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Argument structure

Argument structure

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(p.111) 5 Argument structure
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Language Change, Variation, and Universals
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Peter W. Culicover

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198865391.003.0005

This chapter applies the constructional theory to variation in systems for expressing argument structure. A central point is that there are multiple devices of comparable complexity that encode the thematic roles; hence it is not necessary to assume that all languages share a universal syntactic structure at some abstract level of representation.

Keywords:   argument structure, thematic role, language universals, language variation, argument structure constructions, non-canonical subject, differential subject marking, differential object marking

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