Argument Structure in Flux

The Naples-Capri Papers

| Arizona State University
| University of Bergen
| University of Naples Federico II
ISBN 9789027205988 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027272287 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
The present volume is centered around five linguistic themes: argument structure and encoding strategies; argument structure and verb classes; unexpressed arguments; split intransitivity; and existential and presentational constructions. The articles also cover a variety of typologically different languages, and they offer new data from under-researched languages on the issues of event and argument structure. In some cases novel perspectives from widely discussed languages on highly debated topics are offered, also addressing more theoretical aspects concerning the predictability and derivation of linking. Several contributions apply current models of the lexicon–syntax interface to synchronic data. Other contributions focus on diachrony and are based on extensive use of corpora. Yet others, although empirically and theoretically grounded, privilege a methodological discussion, presenting analyses based on thorough and long-standing fieldwork.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 131]  2013.  viii, 578 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Argument structure in flux
Jóhanna Barðdal and Michela Cennamo
Part I. Argument structure and encoding strategies
Non-canonical subjects in clauses with noun predicates
Marina Benedetti
Differential agent marking in Hinuq
Diana Forker
Case variation and case alternation in Indo-European and beyond: A diachronic typological perspective
Leonid Kulikov
Constructional polysemy and argument realisation with the Irish GET verb
Brian Nolan
Part II. Argument structure and verb classes
Latin preverbs and verb argument structure: New insights from new methods
Barbara McGillivray
Experiencing linking: Psych verbs at the interface
Marijana Marelj
Introduce: Encoding a non-prototypical three-participant event across Europe
Anna Siewierska and Eva van Lier
On the relationship between lexical aspect, verbal meaning, and (lexical) argument structure
Gretel De Cuyper
Four Romanian verbs of occurring: The effect of argument structure on verb meaning and use
Daniela Caluianu
Part III. Unexpressed arguments
The pro cycle
Jan Terje Faarlund
Argument promotion and SE-constructions in Brazilian Portuguese
Sonia M. L. Cyrino
Unaccusativity and the diachrony of null and cognate objects in Greek
Nikolaos Lavidas
Part IV. Split intransitivity
Split intransitivity in Irish and the syntax-semantics interface
Aidan Doyle
Semantic constraints on the Latin impersonal passive: On telicity and agentivity
Maria Napoli
Auxiliary selection in German: Constructional gradience with perfect formation
Elke Diedrichsen
Tornar and volver: The interplay of frequency and semantics in compound tense auxiliary selection in Medieval and Classical Spanish
Malte Rosemeyer
Part V. Existential and presentational constructions
Control and the evolution of possessive and existential constructions
Denis Creissels
Existential constructions: A semasiological perspective
Livio Gaeta
Variation and change in the presentational constructions of north-western Italo-Romance varieties
M. Mair Parry
Argument realization and existential pro-forms in early Italo-Romance
Francesco Maria Ciconte
Author index
Language and topic index
“This collection of papers covers a wide spectrum of linguistic phenomena connected with argument realization, both synchronically and diachronically. It features a mix of contributions by renowned specialists in the field, and by younger researchers, providing unconventional insights often achieved through new methodologies into one of the most discussed issues in modern linguistics.”
“This volume is an intellectually rich and authoritative inquiry into the many facets – syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic – of variation and change in argument realization and event structure. It it unique for the breadth of research, for the multiplicity of theoretical perspectives, and for the range of languages and linguistic domains represented. The volume will stand out for a long time as a standard reference not only for its primary linguistics readership but also for researchers in other cognitive and computational fields who wish to become better informed about the complexities of argument structure.”
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BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2012047024 | Marc record