Article published in:Argument Structure and Grammatical Relations: A crosslinguistic typology
Edited by Pirkko Suihkonen, Bernard Comrie and Valery Solovyev
[Studies in Language Companion Series 126] 2012
► pp. 133–150
Patterns of asymmetry in argument structure across languages
Some principles and puzzles
This paper examines patterns of asymmetry between the arguments of multiargument predicates across languages. The asymmetries are visible in patterns of argument co-occurrence, of rule applicability, of formal marking and in linear ordering. The asymmetries have been captured in hierarchies of grammatical relations, hierarchies of morphological cases and verb agreement, hierarchies of thematic roles, and in linear precedence preferences derived from these hierarchies. The paper raises the question: why should there be such asymmetry hierarchies among the arguments of a predicate, with these correlating patterns? Some answers are proposed using the principles of efficiency and complexity developed in Hawkins (2004). The paper argues against some proposals that have been made in the literature, and takes note of phenomena that are still puzzling from this point of view.
Published online: 18 July 2012
Cited by 2 other publications
Pozzan, Lucia & John C. Trueswell
This list is based on CrossRef data as of 24 february 2021. Please note that it may not be complete. Sources presented here have been supplied by the respective publishers. Any errors therein should be reported to them.