SYNTAX: Uniformity of Theta-Assignment Hypothesis proposed in Baker (1997) stating that identical thematic relationships between items are represented by identical structural relationships between these items at the level of D-structure. EXAMPLE: Assuming that Mary in (ia) is in the same thematic relationship with give as in (ib), Baker proposes that the D-structure of (ia) is identical to that of (ib) and that the S-structure of (ia) is derived as in (ii) (by invisibly incorporating to in the verb and moving Mary to the left of a book).
(i) a. John gave Mary a book b. John gave a book to Mary (ii) John gave+toi Maryj a book ti tjThe UTAH has given rise to analyses in cases where the assumption of a D-structural identity is far from obvious, e.g. the pair in (iii). Cf. Hale and Keyser (2002).
(iii) a. John saddled the horse b. John put a saddle on the horse
|LIT.||Baker, M. (1997)|
Hale, K. and S.J. Keyser (2002)