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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 endeavour. Intuitively, verbs (or, more precisely, verb senses) describe categories of ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
Raising doubts about Russian impersonals
(CSLI Publications, 2004)
The Russian data presented in Perlmutter and Moore (2002) seem to call into question the standard analysis of raising within Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar (HPSG): In Russian, the case marking of the raising ...
From frame semantics to constructional syntax: the case of scalar predicates
(Cornell University, 1992)
The semantics and argument-structure of events and situations has received a lot of attention in the last twenty years, since the introduction of thematic roles by Gruber and Fillmore. By comparison, lexical items denoting ...
What is a perfect state?
(Cascadilla Press, 2004)
Although many previous studies have tried to explain the English perfect’s various readings, none of them have been entirely successful. In this article, we argue that the perfect is pragmatically, rather than semantically, ...
The (non-)universality of syntactic selection and functional application
(Editions du CNRS, 2012)
Nothing beats diversity for finding out what is truly universal about natural languages. But the importance of diversity goes beyond the obvious fact that universality can be recognized only in the face of diversity. ...
Scalarity and state changes in Mandarin (and other languages)
One of the goals of lexical semantics is to delineate the space of possiblemeanings, how it varies across language, and to compare that space with what we know of conceptual space. Vendler (1967), Dowty (1979), Carter ...
The interface between Syntax and Semantics