Search the lexicon



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 (A-bar-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 Non-Argument position.
LIT. Chomsky, N. (1993)
Chomsky, N. (1986a)
Chomsky, N. (1981)