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The point of talking is to describe the way the world is, the way it changes or stays the same. Verbs play a critical role in that endeavor. Intuitively, verbs (or, more precisely, verb senses) describe categories of ...
Linking from the outside in
Two issues divide theories of argument structure: how many macro-roles are necessary, and how much of subcategorization is semantically determined? Current semantically-based theories of linking often assume that two ...
Invariance in argument realization: The case of Iroquoian
(Linguistic Society of America, 2015)
The relevance of the concepts of local syntactic selection and constraints on locally selected dependents in modeling how arguments are syntactically realized has been virtually unchallenged and is assumed to be universal. ...
The Lexical Source of Unexpressed Participants and their Role in Sentence and Discourse Understanding
(John Benjamins, 2002)
This chapter presents preliminary evidence that bears on the issue of how unexpressed (agent) participants are represented and when they are included in the representations of agentless passive sentences using two experimental ...
When entailments abandon ship: Resolution of semantic conflict through Entailment Transfer Metonymy
The sentence “The ship confronted the storm,” must be interpreted nonliterally since confronting something requires intention. This sentence represents Entailment Transfer Metonymy (ETM), a previously undescribed variant ...
Hindi Aspectual Complex Predicates
(CSLI Publications, 2009)
This paper discusses ergative case assignment in Hindi and its interaction with aspectual verb complexes or complex predicate constructions. It is shown that ergative case is assigned by the last head in the aspectual ...
Review: The Polysynthesis Parameter
(Linguistic Society of America, 1998-03)
Semantically transparent linking in HPSG
(CSLI Publications, 2003)
Most researchers now agree that subcategorization correlates significantly with semantics. But this semantic component of linking has proved elusive. Most, if not all, theories of linking have, in pratice, resorted to ...
The Effect of Semantic Similarity is a Function of Contextual Constraint
(Cognitive Science Society, 2012)
We investigate how the degree to which a context constrains the words that could occur in a sentence affects the processing of the word that does occur. Roland et al. (2012) found that processing was facilitated when ...
Which Event Properties Matter for Which Cognitive Task?