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Articles from Vol. 12, No. 2, June

A Canonical Approach to the Argument/Adjunct Distinction
1. Introduction At the beginning of the discussion of the argument/adjunct distinction stands a simple observation: some linguistic expressions in a clause are central to the predicate, i.e. they 'complete' the predicate, and their referents are...
Arguments and Adjuncts as Language-Particular Syntactic Categories and as Comparative Concepts
1. The Basic Claim The argument-adjunct distinction is generally regarded as a very deep property of syntax, and is therefore considered to be part of general linguistics, not only of the grammars of particular languages. This general assumption...
Arguments and Adjuncts Cross-Linguistically: A Brief Introduction
1. Background This volume is intended to clarify the utility of the notions of arguments and adjuncts for linguistic theory. It brings together papers that reflect current thinking on the distinction and brings cross-linguistic evidence to bear...
Cross-Linguistic Variation in the Treatment of Beneficiaries and the Argument vs. Adjunct Distinction
1. Introduction This paper argues against the idea of a straightforward relationship between semantic argumenthood and its possible morphosyntactic correlates, and in favor of the position according to which: * argumenthood should be defined...
Emai's Variable Coding of Adjuncts
1. Introduction (1) The adjunct/argument distinction is widely recognized in language description and explanation. It is most often associated with a syntactic criterion; nonetheless, the semantic nature of adjuncts and arguments has drawn some...
Locative-Related Roles and the Argument-Adjunct Distinction in Balinese
1. Introduction (1) This paper discusses the distinction between arguments and adjuncts in Balinese (Austronesian, 3 million speakers, spoken mainly in Bali, Indonesia), focussing on the realisations of locative-related roles. While Balinese is...
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