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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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Verbs, Constructions, and Semantic Frames *

Verbs, Constructions, and Semantic Frames *

(p.39) 3 Verbs, Constructions, and Semantic Frames*
Lexical Semantics, Syntax, and Event Structure

Adele E. Goldberg (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

In what ways can events combine to form a single predication? This chapter argues that the only constraint on the combination of events designated by a single verb is that the events must constitute a coherent semantic frame. A verb can designate subevents that are not causally related, and a verb can specify both manner and result. On the other hand, a combination of verb and construction can designate a one‐time predication that does not correspond to an established frame.

Keywords:   frame, predication, verb meaning, constructions, subevents, argument structure

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