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Re: Theta role?

From:Dirk Elzinga <dirk_elzinga@...>
Date:Wednesday, December 15, 2004, 18:32
On Dec 14, 2004, at 7:41 PM, Tristan Mc Leay wrote:

> 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'.
No. And was playing with the verb 'bet', which according to some analyses takes four arguments. Dirk -- Dirk Elzinga "I believe that phonology is superior to music. It is more variable and its pecuniary possibilities are far greater." - Erik Satie


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