Predicate-argument structure

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Predicate-argument structure is another term for argument structure.


Level of representation, which is part of the lexical representation of verbs (or adjectives), where the information about the theta-grid is decoded, and as such is part of the syntactic structure of verbs.


One way to represent the predicate-argument structure (PAS) of the causative verb break is (i).

(i) break:  <Agent, Theme>

In (i) break is specified as having an external argument ( Agent) and an internal argument ( Theme).


Utrecht Lexicon of Linguistics


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