Argument linking

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The term argument linking is used for generalizations about the mapping between (decompositional) semantic structures of predicates and the syntactic expression of the arguments.


  • “The term linking gained currency in linguistic theories due to the work of Ostler (1979) on the rules governing case realization in Sanskrit. Ostler in turn credits Carter (1977) with first using the term, and indeed builds on his ideas, but it was Ostler's formulations which informed the further development of linking theories around that time.” (Butt 2006:94)


  • Miriam Butt. 2006. Theories of case. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Richard J. Carter. 1977. Some linking regularities. Recherches Linguistiques 5-6. Université de Vincennes.
  • Nicholas Ostler. 1979. Case linking: A theory of case and verb diathesis, applied to Classical Sanskrit. Ph.D. dissertation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.