SYNTAX: a position that in D-structure
can be occupied by an argument. A-positions are
positions to which a theta-role can be assigned
(subject and object positions).
EXAMPLE: the NPs John and apples in the sentence John
eats apples are in A-positions (in D-structure). A-positions are also known as
Argument positions. A position which is not an A-position is called an A'-position
EXAMPLE: the position occupied by operators such as who in e.g.
who does he see? is an A'-position. Another term for A'-position is
|LIT.||Chomsky, N. (1993)|
Chomsky, N. (1986a)
Chomsky, N. (1981)