“Event Structure and the Encoding of Arguments”

As the result of sixty years of trying to define the right theory of syntax, scientific understanding of language had reached the level where practical applications are becoming possible.

One of the remaining obstacles to effective computerization of syntactic theory is the fact that the relevant literature is not easily accessible to computer scientists.

One important exception is the MIT PhD thesis “Event structure and the encoding of arguments : the syntax of the Mandarin and English verb phrase” by Jimmy Lin, written under joint supervision of leading linguistic theorists and leading computer scientists – something that, it seems, never happened before or after.


This  dissertation is a unique source that may give some understanding of the present-day syntactic theory without presupposing reader’s familiarity with ongoing linguistic research and special terminology.


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