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By Tal Siloni, Martin Everaert, Marijana Marelj

Ahead of she died in 2007, Tanya Reinhart had long gone some distance in the direction of constructing the Theta process, a conception during which formal positive factors defining the thematic kinfolk of verbs are encoded within the lexicon, permitting an interface among the lexical part and the computational system/syntax, without delay, and the Inference method, indirectly.

This ebook considers the hot effects and reviews of Tanya Reinhart's examine in either theoretical and experimental domain names. After a finished presentation of the framework by means of the editors, exclusive linguists from around the globe research the underpinning of the Theta method, evaluate the framework to replacement techniques, and examine its implications for the structure of grammar. moreover, they give thought to and exemplify the functions of the method and provide advancements and extensions.

The e-book is a vital contribution to linguistic examine. It engages within the key discussion among competing lexicalist and syntactic ways to lexico-semantic difficulties and does so within the context of a powerful array of latest empirical information starting from Germanic, Romance, and Slavic to Ugro-Finnish, and Semitic languages.

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Doorman opens door b. Opening bus lanes to motorcycles will redden the streets of London with cyclists’ blood. opening of bus lanes ! increase of accidents ! cyclists’ blood on London streets c. The launch of new iPhone contracts in May has dramatically enlarged T-Mobile’s UK market share. availability of contract ! people enter contract ! improved market share d. A slip of the lip can sink a ship. loose talk ! information obtained by spy ! spy informs foreign navy ! submarine torpedoes ship e.

Leslie 1984b; Leslie and Keeble 1987; Oakes 1994). This implies that at least some causal relations are recognized before language is acquired. By their very nature, mental models contain a lot of very fine-grained information. It is therefore trivially true that no single linguistic expression can convey the richness of a mental model. A lot of information must be left out. In order to demonstrate this, let us return to the situation in which John swings his arm holding a hammer, and the hammer hits a glass pane that shatters upon impact.

People enter contract ! improved market share d. A slip of the lip can sink a ship. loose talk ! information obtained by spy ! spy informs foreign navy ! submarine torpedoes ship e. Anglican Church says overpopulation may break eighth commandment. overpopulation ! poverty ! theft ! theft breaks eighth commandment f. A large fleet of fast-charging cars will melt the grid. many electric cars on roads ! many cars charging simultaneously ! high electricity demand ! heating of electric cables ! melting of the grid All of these examples are compatible with situations that involve a non-trivial chain of causation, as indicated.

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