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CONLANG Digest - 31 Aug 2002 to 1 Sep 2002 (#2002-234)

From:Taylor Family <tianjia@...>
Date:Monday, September 2, 2002, 5:55
<< First, it refers to core arguments as those which are "subcategorized"
by the verb.  I don't understand this. >>

> If I'm understanding this correctly, subcategorized arguments are >arguments which the verb can't exist without. So, "to put", in English,
>three, the putter, the put, and the place where something's put. Taking >another verb, "to hug", it has two, the hugger and the hugged. You can say >"I hugged him *on a boat*", "I hugged him *with my arms*", or "I hugged
>*while he wasn't looking*", and you can add an argument, but these are >non-subcategorized arguments, since the verb itself doesn't explicitly call >for them. (Does this sound right, everyone else?)
If I remember right, sub-categorization also determines what type of element can be used within the argument structure (i.e., some verbs require that their complement be a NP or infinitive clause while others can take any NP or clause as a complement). Dandy