Verbs, Constructions, and Semantic Frames

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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
StatePublished - May 1 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities


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


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