Deriving syntactic properties of arguments and adjuncts from neo-Davidsonian semantics

Tim Hunter

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Abstract

This paper aims to show that certain syntactic differences between arguments and adjuncts can be thought of as a transparent reflection of differences between their contributions to neo-Davidsonian logical forms. Specifically, the crucial underlying distinction will be that between modifying an event variable directly, and modifying an event variable indirectly via a thematic relation. I note a convergence between the semantic composition of neo-Davidsonian logical forms and existing descriptions of the syntactic properties of adjunction, and then propose a novel integration of syntactic mechanisms with explicit neo-Davidsonian semantics which sheds light on the nature of the distinction between arguments and adjuncts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Mathematics of Language - 11th Biennial Conference, MOL 11, Revised Selected Papers
Pages103-116
Number of pages14
EditionM4D
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 10 2010
Event11th Biennial Conference on Mathematics of Language, MOL 11 - Bielefeld, Germany
Duration: Aug 20 2009Aug 21 2009

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
NumberM4D
Volume6149 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Other

Other11th Biennial Conference on Mathematics of Language, MOL 11
CountryGermany
CityBielefeld
Period8/20/098/21/09

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Hunter, T. (2010). Deriving syntactic properties of arguments and adjuncts from neo-Davidsonian semantics. In The Mathematics of Language - 11th Biennial Conference, MOL 11, Revised Selected Papers (M4D ed., pp. 103-116). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 6149 LNAI, No. M4D). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-14322-9_9