Midterm Review

Midterm Review - Midterm Review Markman What to expect: I....

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1 M i d t e r m R e v i e w S y n t a x Markman What to expect: I. Constituency II. C-Command III. Theta theory Æ unergative vs. unaccusative verbs Æ drawing tree structures for unergative, unaccusative, and transitive constructions indicating all movements Æ UTAH and constructions posing problems for UTAH, e.g. the passive --> Using various tests to determine whether a given verb assigns a theta-role to its specifier or complement, e.g. the expletive test and the idiom-chunk test: There seems to be a problem The cat seems to be out of the bag John believes there to be a problem John believes the cat to be out of the bag *John believes there *John believes the cat IV. Case theory meets theta-theory: the correlation between the presence vs. absence of the external (agent) theta-role and the presence vs. absence of accusative case (Burzio’s Generalization). In this light: do we expect unaccusatives to be able to passivize? Why not? In some languages unergatives can form passives. Is that something we can in
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This note was uploaded on 02/06/2011 for the course LING 322 taught by Professor David during the Spring '09 term at Simon Fraser.

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