Prolegomenon to a Theory of Argument Structure
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Prolegomenon to a Theory of Argument Structure

By Ken Hale and Samuel Jay Keyser

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This work is the culmination of an eighteen-year collaboration between Ken Hale and Samuel Jay Keyser on the study of the syntax of lexical items. It examines the hypothesis that the behavior of lexical items may be explained in terms of a very small number of very simple principles. In particular, a lexical item is assumed to project a syntactic configuration defined over just two relations, complement and specifier, where these configurations are constrained to preclude iteration and to permit only binary branching. The work examines this hypothesis by methodically looking at a variety of constructions in English and other languages.

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Out of Print ISBN: 9780262083089 296 pp. | 9 in x 6 in

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$28.00 X | £22.00 ISBN: 9780262582148 296 pp. | 9 in x 6 in

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  • This book is an extraordinarily lucid presentation of Hale and Keyser's insightful, and deservedly influential, approach to argument structure. It is one more reminder of how much we will miss Ken Hale, but how blessed we were to have him as long as we did.

    Howard Lasnik

    Department of Linguistics, University of Maryland