UCL Working Papers in Linguistics 8 (1996)

A minimalist view of the syntax-lexical semantics interface



This paper presents a restrictive theory of the interface between the lexicon and the syntax. I assume that only a limited amount of lexical information is available at the interface, and, following Borer (1994), that semantic (aspectual) interpretation is assigned at specifiers of aspectual projections, rather than within the VP. Thus, the concept of "Mapping" from lexicon to syntax or the "Linking" of arguments has no meaning in my theory. Instead, the syntax narrows down possible aspectual interpretations of predicates, and aspectual information at the interface forms a constraint on the association of verbs with syntactic structures.

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