Stephen Wechsler

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This paper argues that variation between syntactically accusative and ergative clauses in Balinese results from different mappings between argument structure and syntactic realization. Our version of argument structure, essentially the ARG-S feature of Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar, is the locus of anaphoric binding conditions. We further assume that(More)
This paper presents a novel semantic analysis of the English resultative construction that crucially models telicity (aspectual boundedness) in terms of the event-argument homomorphism model (Krifka, 1998, inter alia) rather than the commonly assumed result state model (Dowty, 1979). This assumption, together with recent insights on the semantics of scalar(More)
How do verbs and other predicators semantically select prepositions to head their complement PPs? 1 Some preposition selection is essentially idiosyncratic, as shown by comparing semantically similar verbs like charge vs. blame vs. accuse: charge NP WITH NP, blame NP FOR NP, accuse NP OF NP. Such verbs select their prepositions via simple lexical(More)
In comparing two analyses of the same phenomenon within HPSG and GB (Government/Binding theory or its descendants such as Principles and Parameters and Minimalism), one sometimes finds a rough parallellism between the descriptive mechanisms of each theory. 1 (Such parallel analyses are occasionally incorrectly referred to as 'notational variants'.) While(More)
This paper proposes a treatment of optional prepositional phrases with a status intermediate between adjuncts and complements. The essential idea is simply that such PP's are semantically but not syntactically selected. It is argued that prepositions often assign an external theta role to a complement of the governing verb, subject to the heretofore(More)