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Do verbs have argument structure?

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Abstract

I argue that the mainstream view of the lexicon-syntax interface whereby a verb’s lexically specifi ed argument structure is projected as syntactic structure is wrong. Instead, I argue for the neo-constructionist view that what we perceive as the argument structure of the verb is really determined by the syntax, namely by syntactico-semantic frames that are generated independently of verbs and other lexical items. That is, argument structure is <i>not </i>projected from the verb and the verb’s semantic-conceptual properties, but it is rather something that the verb <i>gets</i>by being inserted in a particular syntactico-semantic frame.

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