Event Semantics of Verb Frame Alternations: A Case Study of Dutch and Its Acquisition

1st Edition

Angeliek Van Hout

Routledge
Published July 8, 2016
Reference - 424 Pages
ISBN 9781138969186 - CAT# Y208097
Series: Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics

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Summary

Using both theoretical and language acquisition arguments, this study proposes a new model of the lexicon-syntax interface defined in terms of checking event-semantic features. The research is based on Dutch verbs and their possible verb frames (intransitive, transitive, etc.) and two studies of children's Dutch. The model developed from these cases represents more generally the way in which Universal Grammar organizes the lexicon of a language and the mapping system that associates a verb's lexical features with its syntactic projection.

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