Arguments and Adjuncts

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In this chapter it is outlined how the notions of argument and adjunct are used in syntax, and why it is considered useful to distinguish the two. First, arguments are introduced. The distinction between syntactic arguments and semantic arguments is outlined, as well as the possible relationships between the two. Then modifiers are introduced, and it is shown that the problem of how to integrate these into syntactic structure can lead to the notion of a syntactic adjunct. Finally, the various syntactic differences between arguments and adjuncts that have been claimed to exist are examined.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSyntax – Theory and Analysis
Subtitle of host publicationAn International Handbook
EditorsTibor Kiss, Artemis Alexiadou
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherDe Gruyter Mouton
Number of pages28
ISBN (Print)978-3-11-037740-8
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2015

Publication series

NameHandbücher zur Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaft / Handbooks of Linguistics and Communication Science (HSK)
PublisherDe Gruyter Mouton
ISSN (Print)1861-5090


  • syntax
  • arguments
  • adjuncts


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