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By Elisabeth Verhoeven

This publication combines a fieldwork-based language-specific research with a typological research. It deals a close and entire research of the shape and semantics of experiencer buildings in Yucatec, the Mayan language of the Yucatecan peninsula in Mexico. because the linguistic expression of expertise isn't really constrained to a selected grammatical region the learn touches an exceptional number of grammatical fields within the language akin to argument constitution, grammatical family, possessive structures, subordinate buildings, and so on. The empirical research of the Yucatec information is preceded by means of an intensive exam of the sensible area and the cross-linguistic coding of expertise which before couldn't be present in the literature. This research can be of curiosity to students operating within the fields of typology and local American linguistics, and particularly to these drawn to argument constitution and the syntax-semantics interface.

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Views the parameter [+/- control] as part of the state of affairs based on the view that there is a mutual dependency between state of affairs and semantic functions of the first argument. 14 Cf. , Aktionsart) properties of the verb and thematic properties of the arguments (corresponding to our semantic roles), especially with respect to the notions active and activity. 15 Notice that in this respect Bohnemeyer (2001, 2002:30) argues, with reference to a YM verb classification, that role parameters such as agentivity/control and situation parameters such as state change and telicity must be kept apart since there is no universal entailment or matching between the two.

In the lexical valency frame. Central arguments of a lexical predicate are those that remain stable across all constructions in which it occurs. This generally corresponds to what has been called the ‘syntactic valency’ of a lexical item. ) identifies the difference in argument structure between Engl. , he stole money (from the rich)) as follows. The ‘target’ the rich is a central argument of rob but peripheral for steal, while the ‘goods’ money is a central argument of steal, but peripheral for rob.

2. , Dowty 1979, Croft 1993, Van Valin and LaPolla 1997). These will be thought of here as participant relations,14 which will be discussed below in sect. 3 Participant properties A participant bears certain properties independently of its relational properties in a situation. These are features such as [animate], [human], [speech act participant], [abstract], [individuated], etc. The properties of a participant can be viewed as its position on the so-called animacy hierarchy (cf. Comrie 1981, ch.

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