Core argument (in RRG)
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In more recent versions of Role and Reference Grammar, a core argument is simply an argument of the clause, i.e. an element that is required by the verb's valency.
- "Core arguments are those arguments which are part of the semantic representation of the verb." (Van Valin & LaPolla 1997:26)
In earlier versions of Role and Reference Grammar, there was also a notion of peripheral argument (Foley & Van Valin 1984). In the more recent versions, there is no apparently no distinction between core argument and argument.
- Foley, William A. & Van Valin, Jr., Robert D. 1984. Functional syntax and universal grammar. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Van Valin, Jr., Robert D. & LaPolla, Randy J. 1997. Syntax: Structure, meaning and function. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.