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Re: Theta role?

From:Tristan Mc Leay <conlang@...>
Date:Wednesday, December 15, 2004, 2:42
On 15 Dec 2004, at 1.22 pm, Thomas R. Wier wrote:

> 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.)
I think And was talking about a particular special case of anadewism, eadewism (or aeadewism), '(an) English's already dunnit even worse'. -- Tristan.


Dirk Elzinga <dirk_elzinga@...>