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Concepts, Syntax, and Their Interface The Theta System by Tanya Reinhart

Concepts, Syntax, and Their Interface The Theta System

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Concepts, Syntax, and Their Interface The Theta System by Tanya Reinhart

A systematic exposition of Reinhart's Theta System, with extensive annotations and essays that capture subsequent developments. One of Tanya Reinhart's major contributions to linguistic theory is the development of the Theta System (TS), a theory of the interface between the system of concepts and the linguistic computational system. Reinhart introduced her theory in a seminal paper, The Theta System: Syntactic Realization of Verbal Concepts (2000) and subsequently published other papers with further theoretical development. Although Reinhart continued to work on the Theta System, she had not completed a planned Linguistic Inquiry volume on the topic before her untimely death in 2007. This book, then, is the first to offer a systematic exposition of Reinhart's Theta System. The core of the book is Reinhart's 2000 paper, accompanied by substantial endnotes with clarifications, summaries, and links to subsequent modifications of the theory, some in Reinhart's unpublished work. An appendix by Marijana Marelj discusses the domain of Case, based on an LSA course she taught with Reinhart in 2005. Two additional essays by Reinhart's linguistic colleagues discuss the division of labor between the lexicon and syntax and the apparent conflict between the Theta System and Distributed Morphology.

About the Author

The late Tanya Reinhart was the Interface Chair at Utrecht University, a Global Distinguished Professor at NYU, and the author of Interface Strategies: Optimal and Costly Computations (MIT Press) and other books. Martin Everaert is Professor of Linguistics at Utrecht University. Marijana Marelj is affiliated with the Linguistics Department at Utrecht University. Eric Reuland is Faculty Professor of Language and Cognition at the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics (OTS).

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Publication date

18th March 2016


Tanya Reinhart

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MIT Press an imprint of MIT Press Ltd


288 pages
Interest Age: From 18 years


Historical & comparative linguistics



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