By Tanya Reinhart, Martin Everaert, Marijana Marelj, Eric Reuland
One of Tanya Reinhart's significant contributions to linguistic conception is the advance of the Theta method (TS), a conception of the interface among the method of thoughts and the linguistic computational process. Reinhart brought her conception in a seminal paper, "The Theta procedure: Syntactic attention of Verbal suggestions" (2000) and thus released different papers with extra theoretical improvement. even if Reinhart persisted to paintings at the Theta method, she had now not accomplished a deliberate Linguistic Inquiry quantity at the subject sooner than her premature dying in 2007. This booklet, then, is the 1st to supply a scientific exposition of Reinhart's Theta process. The middle of the e-book is Reinhart's 2000 paper, followed by way of massive endnotes with clarifications, summaries, and hyperlinks to next transformations of the speculation, a few in Reinhart's unpublished paintings. An appendix through Marijana Marelj discusses the area of Case, in keeping with an LSA direction she taught with Reinhart in 2005. extra essays by means of Reinhart's linguistic colleagues speak about the department of work among the lexicon and syntax and the plain clash among the Theta approach and disbursed Morphology.
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One of the tests is whether the past participle can occur in prenominal position, which is allowed only with unaccusatives. Thus, ‘grow’ patterns with ‘fall’ in (i), as opposed to the unergative in (ii). ) All activity verbs in (22) behave like the verbs in (i). (i) a. de the ‘the b. years grown dislike (/increased) dislike that has grown over the years’ gevallen/gestorven pianist fallen/died pianist * de gewerkte/gelopen the worked/walked pianist pianist 16 Tanya Reinhart them does, under certain circumstances).
In conformity with the Lexicon Uniformity Hypothesis (6), each verbal concept corresponds to one lexical entry. Upon encountering, say, the sentence She moved, the child (having activated the concept underlying move) knows that this concept includes a [+c] participant. Since it is not realized, the child knows (by (56)) that the verb must be unaccusative; that is, the overt subject must originate as the internal argument. 26 My next goal here is to derive this set (from principles of the Theta System) and to address its consequences for the CS.
Xv Though I cannot explain this variation in judgment, such results cannot be interpreted as showing that reflexives and unaccusatives are syntactically alike. At the moment, this is an equally unsolved problem for both the unaccusativity and the reduction analyses. ) See below for more extensive discussion. But in languages with lexical reflexivization, it can be observed decisively that reflexives behave syntactically like unergatives, and not like unaccusatives. In English, it is known that unergative verbs can form -er nominalizations, as in (40), but unaccusative verbs cannot, as in (41).