Lexical items in complex predications : Selection as Underassociation
AuthorRamchand, Gillian C
This paper examines the problem of selectional ‘matching’ effects in Bengali V-V complex predicates, and English denominal verbs within the context of a decompositional syntax/semantics for verbal meaning and a theory of lexical insertion under non-terminals. It argues that within the particular version of this kind of lexical insertion, as proposed by Ramchand 2008b, selection can be captured by the underassociation of category features constrained by Agree. In this way, I argue that we can achieve many of the effects of selection without any distinct lexical subcategorization frame, or sub-type of feature-checking, once we have a suitably articulated theory of lexical insertion.
PublisherUniversitetet i Tromsø, Det humanistiske fakultet
CitationNordlyd. Tromsø University working papers on language & linguistics 35(2008) s. 115-141
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