Instrumental with, locatum with and the argument/adjunct distinction release_mmf3d4nivzav7at3v5jdsktpbi

by Lilia Rissman

Published in LSA Annual Meeting Extended Abstracts by Linguistic Society of America.

p23 (2010)


The objects of the proposition 'with', as in 'I cut the bread with a knife' and 'I covered the ground with a blanket', have received conflicting analyses as to whether they are arguments or adjuncts of the verb. Utilizing a variety of semantic and syntactic diagnostics of argumenthood, I argue that the first kind of participant, an instrument, is an adjunct/modifier and the second kind of participant, what I call a locatum, is an argument/complement of the verbal head.
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