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Re: Theta role?

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Wednesday, December 15, 2004, 6:09
On 15 Dec 2004, at 1.22 pm, Thomas R. Wier wrote:

>> And wrote: >>> 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'.
But it hasn't, as far as I know. That was my point. There are no dialects of English where verbs like "sell" take three four NP arguments. In Georgian and Abkhaz, there *are* such verbs, though they're not derived. ========================================================================= 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