LINGUIST List 14.3229

Mon Nov 24 2003

Books: Morph/Syntax/Semantics: Alexiadou et al (eds)

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  1. tom.perridge, The Unaccusativity Puzzle: Alexiadou, Anagnostopoulou, Everaert (eds)

Message 1: The Unaccusativity Puzzle: Alexiadou, Anagnostopoulou, Everaert (eds)

Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2003 09:58:14 -0500 (EST)
From: tom.perridge <>
Subject: The Unaccusativity Puzzle: Alexiadou, Anagnostopoulou, Everaert (eds)

Title: The Unaccusativity Puzzle
Subtitle: Explorations of the Syntax-Lexicon Interface
Series Title: Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press,	
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Editor: Artemis Alexiadou, University of Potsdam 
Editor: Elena Anagnostopoulou, University of Crete 
Editor: Martin Everaert, Utrecht Institute of Linguistics 

Hardback: ISBN: 0199257647, Pages: 320, Price: �70.00
Paperback: ISBN: 0199257655, Pages: 320, Price: �25.00
The phenomenon of unaccusativity is a central focus for the study of
the complex properties of verb classes. The Unaccusative Hypothesis,
first formulated in 1978, claimed that there are two classes of
intransitive verbs, the unaccusative (Jill arrived) and the unergative
or agentive (Jill sings). The hypothesis has provided a rich context
for debating whether syntactic behaviour is semantically or lexically
determined, the consequence of syntactic context, or a combination of
these factors. No consensus has been reached. This book combines new
approaches to the subject with several papers that have achieved a
significant status even though formally unpublished. Among the issues
the authors address are: the determination of the unaccusative class
of verbs, the problem of unaccusativity diagnostics, the implications
of special morphology for the structural representation of
unaccusatives and the status of the external thematic role, the
properties guiding the unergative versus unaccusative distinction in
acquisition, and the properties of second-language lexicon.
Lingfield(s): Language Acquisition 
Written In: English (Language Code: English)

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