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What does it mean to be a dependent?
(CSLI Publications, 2003)
This paper shows that the Gerund Phrase (GP) in the Spanish Gerund Construction (e.g., El jefe entr´o a su oficina corriendo, lit. ‘The boss entered his office running’) is sometimes a complement (in SGCC) and sometimes ...
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 ...
The discourse functions of the present perfect
(John Benjamins, 2008)
The interpretation of the present perfect is often assumed to require pragmatic inferences. However, what rules speakers use to perform these pragmatic inferences is not clear. This paper reports two corpus studies of the ...
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 ...
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)
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?
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 ...