Deriving Syntactic Properties of Arguments and Adjuncts from Neo-Davidsonian Semantics

  • Tim Hunter
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6149)


This paper aims to show that certain syntactic differences between arguments and adjuncts can be thought of as a transparent reflection of differences between their contributions to neo-Davidsonian logical forms. Specifically, the crucial underlying distinction will be that between modifying an event variable directly, and modifying an event variable indirectly via a thematic relation. I note a convergence between the semantic composition of neo-Davidsonian logical forms and existing descriptions of the syntactic properties of adjunction, and then propose a novel integration of syntactic mechanisms with explicit neo-Davidsonian semantics which sheds light on the nature of the distinction between arguments and adjuncts.


Distributional Property Lexical Item Semantic Property Semantic Type Event Predicate 
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  • Tim Hunter
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  1. 1.Department of LinguisticsUniversity of Maryland 

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