Verbs, Constructions, and Semantic Frames

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Abstract

In what ways can events combine to form a single predication? This chapter argues that the only constraint on the combination of events designated by a single verb is that the events must constitute a coherent semantic frame. A verb can designate subevents that are not causally related, and a verb can specify both manner and result. On the other hand, a combination of verb and construction can designate a one-time predication that does not correspond to an established frame.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLexical Semantics, Syntax, and Event Structure
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191720536
ISBN (Print)9780199544325
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

Keywords

  • Argument structure
  • Constructions
  • Frame
  • Predication
  • Subevents
  • Verb meaning

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