By John Bowers

In Arguments as Relations, John Bowers proposes a appreciably new method of argument constitution that has the capability to unify information from quite a lot of diversified language kinds when it comes to an easy and common syntactic constitution. in lots of methods, Bowers's thought is the normal extension of 3 best principles within the literature: the minimalist method of Case conception (particularly Chomsky's concept that Case is assigned less than the Agree functionality relation); the belief of introducing arguments in specifiers of useful different types instead of in projections of lexical different types; and the neo-Davidsonian method of argument constitution represented within the paintings of Parsons and others. Bowers pulls jointly those strands within the literature and shapes them right into a unified theory.These principles, including convinced simple assumptions--notably the concept that the preliminary order of merge of the 3 uncomplicated argument different types of Agent, topic, and Affectee is simply the other of what has been virtually universally assumed within the literature--lead Bowers to a primary rethinking of argument constitution. He proposes that each argument is merged because the specifier of a selected kind of mild verb type and that those useful argument different types merge in bottom-to-top model based on a set common Order of Merge (UOM). within the hierarchical constructions that end result from those operations, Affectee arguments may be maximum, topic arguments subsequent optimum, and Agent arguments lowest--exactly the other of the standard assumption.Linguistic Inquiry Monographs 58

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