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A verbal argument is a nominal phrase syntactically related to the verb (compare ‘cases’ in Fillmore 1968). Core arguments (complements) are obligatory and reflect the verb’s valency (argument structure): “Valency relates to the number of core arguments” (Dixon 2000:3), e.g., דני שבר כוס dani šavar kos ‘Dani broke a glass’, in which both the subject and object are obligatory. Adjuncts are non-obligatory and do not belong to the predication core, e.g., דני שבר כוס עם פטיש dani šavar kos ʿim paṭiš ‘Dani broke a glass with a hammer’, in which the prepositional phrase עם פטיש ʿim paṭiš ‘with a…

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Notarius, Tania, “Argument”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 01 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000605>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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