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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 ...
Scalar predicates and negation: Punctual semantics and interval interpretations
(Chicago Linguistics Society, 1991)
Many linguists and philosophers hold the view that scalar lexical items are downward bounded semantically and upward bounded only pragmatically via implicatures a Ia Grice. This approach, called by Anscombre and Ducrot ...
Mapping constructions as word templates: evidence from French
In this paper, I will outline a monotonic approach to what Jackendoff (1990) calls the correspondence problem, i.e. the mapping of semantic structure to surface syntax. My approach is based on three simple ideas. The first ...
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 ...
Review: The Polysynthesis Parameter
(Linguistic Society of America, 1998-03)
Semantic unity and constructional particularity: the French se faire construction
(Berkeley Linguistic Society, 1992)
French, as most o!her Romance languages, contains many non-coreferential uses of !he reflexive. The constructions involved are well-known and are in gener<ll studied in !he context of mono-clausal or uni-predicate ...
Meaning and context: German aber and sondern
(CSLI Publications, 1998)
What is a possible word meaning? What is the range of meaning distinctions to which particular words can be sensitive? Such questions have been at the forefront of research in lexical semantics in recent years (see Talmy ...
Inside-out constraints and Description Languages for HPSG
(CSLI Publications, 1998)
An important contrast between most current syntactic frameworks and Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar or Lexical Functional Grammar (hereafter HPSG and LFG respectively) is the common insistence of the latter two on the ...
French Relative Clauses as Secondary Predicates: A case study in Construction Theory
Two properties characterize sign-based, constructional theories such as Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar (HPSG) and Construction Grammar (CG). Firstly, phrases as well as words are organized in richly articulated ...
Linking constructions vs. linking rules: evidence from French
(Berkeley Linguistics Society, 1993)