Re: not un-/anti-passive
|From:||Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>|
|Date:||Monday, June 23, 2008, 23:18|
On Mon, Jun 23, 2008 at 2:57 PM, Eldin Raigmore
> Among the possible problems are, what exactly is meant by "valency"?
> Is the valency of a verb (while sitting, unused but ready for use, in the
> * the number of _arguments_ it _allows_ (including oblique arguments)?
> * the number of _arguments_ it _requires_ (including obligatory obliques)?
> * the number of _core_ arguments it _allows_ ?
> * the number of _core_ arguments it _requires_ ?
> Or does "valency" refer to the verb as actually used in a given clause?
> * the number of _arguments_ actually showing up (including oblique
> * the number of _core_ arguments actually showing up?
Perhaps a little computer science terminology could be borrowed to
disambiguate at least between those two broad groups? Programmers
draw a distinction between a subroutine's *parameters* (the things it
expects to receive; meaningful when talking about the subroutine in
the abstract independently of any call) and its *arguments* (the
things it actually receives; meaningful when talking about a
particular call to the subroutine, but also when talking abstractly
about the relationship between arguments and parameters within a given
I'm afraid that even in CS-land the definition of "valency" is still
an open question where subroutines with a variable number of
parameters are concerned.
Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>