Adpositions, Particles, and the Arguments they Introduce
Peter Svenonius
July 2004

Spatial relations, and certain other relations among entities and events, are expressed in many languages by caseless, tenseless words that grammarians often call prepositions or postpositions (adpositions). In this article I make some general observations about these words and their role in providing thematic content and licensing to DP arguments. I refer generally to adpositions and related complementless particles as members of category P, and compare the category P to V, suggesting that they share some similarities in argument structure, but that the temporal dimension of V distinguishes it fundamentally from P.
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Published in: to appear in “Argument Structure,” edited by Eric Reuland, Tanmoy Bhattacharya, and Giorgos Spathas, John Benjamins, Amsterdam.
keywords: argument, particle, adposition, syntax, preposition, postposition
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