The Locative Syntax of Experiencers (Linguistic Inquiry Monographs)

The Locative Syntax of Experiencers (Linguistic Inquiry Monographs)

Idan Landau


Experiencers--grammatical members that endure a undeniable mental swap or are in this sort of state--are grammatically detailed. As items (John scared Mary; loud track annoys me), experiencers exhibit unusual clusters of nonobject homes throughout varied languages: their syntax is usually average of indirect arguments and their semantic scope is general of topics. within the Locative Syntax of Experiencers, Idan Landau investigates this confusing correlation and argues that experiencers are syntactically coded as (mental) destinations. Drawing on effects from various languages and theoretical frameworks, Landau examines the far-reaching repercussions of this straightforward declare. Landau exhibits that each one experiencer gadgets are grammaticalized as locative words, brought by means of a dative/locative preposition. "Bare" experiencer items are in reality indirect, too, the preposition being null. This preposition bills for the indirect psych(ological) houses, attested in case alternations, cliticization, resumption, regulations on passive formation, etc. As locatives, item experiencers could endure locative inversion, giving upward thrust to the typical phenomenon of quirky experiencers. while covert, this inversion endows item experiencers with huge scope, attested up to the mark, binding, and wh-quantifier interactions. Landau's synthesis therefore offers a singular technique to many of the oldest puzzles within the generative research of mental verbs. The Locative Syntax of Experiencers deals the main finished description of the syntax of mental verbs to this point, documenting their exact homes in additional than twenty languages. Its simple theoretical declare is instantly translatable into replacement frameworks. current debts of mental verbs both give some thought to only a few languages or fail to include different theoretical frameworks; this examine takes a broader viewpoint, proficient by means of findings of 4 many years of research

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