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Lexical Semantics, Syntax, and Event Structure$
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Malka Rappaport Hovav, Edit Doron, and Ivy Sichel

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199544325

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199544325.001.0001

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Lexical Semantics, Syntax, and Event Structure

Christopher Piñón

Oxford University Press

This chapter is concerned with the denotation of the object argument of verbs of creation. Through an examination of the verb draw, Piñón argues that the object of verbs of creation cannot in general denote ordinary individuals. In particular, Piñón argues for three different readings of draw a house, depending on the denotation of the object. Thus, not only ordinary individuals or images of ordinary individuals satisfy the predicate house, but abstract individuals such as house‐depictions and house‐descriptions, which are not necessarily related to ordinary individuals. He distinguishes two different ‘relational’ readings of draw a house, which involve the depiction either of a particular house or of a particular house‐description, from the ‘notional’ reading which involves a general house‐depiction, but no house or house‐description in particular. The argument is based not only on the semantic differences between the three readings, but also on the fact that in some languages (Piñón describes Hungarian) these three readings correspond to three different verbs.

Keywords:   verbs of creation, verbs of depiction, argument structure, Hungarian, notional reading, relational reading

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