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Re: Theta role?

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Wednesday, December 15, 2004, 2:24
And wrote:
> Tom Wier: > > there's almost no agreement on how many theta > > roles exist, even among grammarians who practice within the same > > theoretical framework. IMO, three is the best bet, since to my > > knowledge there are no languages where an underived verb takes > > more than three arguments, > > I'll bet you plenty that in English at least one verb seems to > take four arguments...
Perhaps I should have been clearer. I was talking about verbs which take four *NP* arguments. On some analyses, English verbs like 'buy' and 'sell' take four arguments, but one of those must, in every dialect I know of, be prepositional. These constructions in Georgian and Abkhaz on the contrary involve four NP arguments. (I can't speak for Abkhaz, but in Georgian the constructions alternate with variants having a postposition for the fourth argument.) ========================================================================= Thomas Wier "I find it useful to meet my subjects personally, Dept. of Linguistics because our secret police don't get it right University of Chicago half the time." -- octogenarian Sheikh Zayed of 1010 E. 59th Street Abu Dhabi, to a French reporter. Chicago, IL 60637


Tristan Mc Leay <conlang@...>