S-Space Language Education Institute (언어교육원) Language Research (어학연구) Language Research (어학연구) Volume 26 Number 1/4 (1990)
Monotonicity and the Theory of Relation Changes in LFG
- Bresnan, John
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- 서울대학교 언어교육원
- 어학연구, Vol.26 No.4, pp. 637-652
- In the version of LFG presented in Bresnan (1982), relation-changing processes were viewed as redundancy relationships between lexical entries which allowed the syntactic part of the theory to have a strongly monotonic character. However, there are both empirical and substantive shortcomings with this approach to the lexicon. In this paper I outline these shortcomings, and then present a new theory of relation changes in LFG, often referred to as lexical mapping theory. Lexical mapping theory provides a theory of argument-structures, which mediate the mappings between semantic role in lexical relations and syntactic functions in f–structure. In the latter half of the paper I present the details and consequences of this theory, and also look at the principles constraining mappings that have been proposed in the recent literature.