Arguments and Case

Explaining Burzio’s Generalization

Eric J. Reuland | Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS
ISBN 9789027227553 (Eur) | EUR 110.00
ISBN 9781556199189 (USA) | USD 165.00
ISBN 9789027299215 | EUR 110.00 | USD 165.00
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The ideas presented by the contributions in this volume originated in a workshop on Burzio’s generalization. Burzio’s Generalization (BG) states that a verb which does not assign an external theta-role to its subject does not assign structural accusative Case to an object and conversely. It connects cross-linguistic similarities between e.g. passives, raising verbs, and unaccusatives. However, it does so by linking very different properties of a predicate. This raises fundamental questions about its theoretical status. The contributions in this volume explore BG’s theoretical basis. A consensus emerges that BG is, in fact, an epiphenomenon, due to the interaction of different principles of grammar. Moreover, the contributions show a striking convergence as to how BG is ultimately derived. The results obtained make a significant contribution to the further development of theories of Case and thematic relations.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 34] 2000.  xii, 255 pp.
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“The introduction by Eric Reuland is a clear and elegant road map: it formulates the core question and summarizes the proposed answers, clearly highlighting the most interesting theoretical issues brought up by each paper. The best review of this volume is Reuland's introduction.”
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