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Title: Experiencers and goals in German unaccusatives
Authors: Borik, Olga
Brandt, Patrick
Keywords: Linguistics;German language;Syntax
Issue Date: May-2001
Publisher: University of Calgary
Citation: Borik, O., & Brandt, P. (2001). Experiencers and goals in German unaccusatives. Calgary Working Papers in Linguistics, 23(Spring), 1-13.
Abstract: So-called 'Psychological Predicates' have prov.en particularly problematic for a mapping from lexical argument structure to positions in syntactic structure if one adopts the view that: (I) this mapping should be uniform. (II) the inventory of 'thematic roles' should be kept to a minimum. Drawing heavily on data from German, it is argued, here, that the experiencer role in truly unaccusative structures may well correspond to a locative (source or goal) role. Therefore, the verbs of this class have a truly different thematic structure from the other experiencer verbs, thus avoiding problems with the uniformity of linking from the beginning.
ISSN: 2371-2643
Appears in Collections:Volume 23, Spring 2001

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