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By Paul Brians

ISBN-10: 1887902899

ISBN-13: 9781887902892

An invaluable consultant to mixed-up, mangled expressions, international language fake pas, complicated phrases, and more often than not mispronounced phrases

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3 Verbs, Constructions, and Semantic Frames ADELE E. GOLDBERG In what ways can events combine to form a single predication? In the simple case, the question becomes, what combinations of subevents can a single verb refer to? 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, but it must constitute an established semantic frame.

G. Bennett 1977; Zucchi 1999; von Stechow 2000) to conclude that the object of verbs of creation cannot in 14 Malka Rappaport Hovav, Edit Doron, and Ivy Sichel general denote ordinary individuals. Pin˜o´n argues for the same view, yet from an original perspective. His argument is based on an examination of a special subclass of verbs of creation—verbs of depiction such as draw. He demonstrates that the objects of such verbs often do not denote ordinary individuals, but are coerced to denote properties (or descriptions) of depictions.

The verb exercise, for example, requires an unspecified set of movements, whose only defining characteristic is that they involve some sort of activity, typically physical, but on occasion mental. This way of characterizing the difference between scalar and non-scalar change and the verbs lexicalizing these two types of change may provide some insight into why manners are so often associated with animates and results with inanimates. Human activities—the type of actions denoted by manner verbs—usually involve many cooccurring changes; these activities, then, do not qualify as scalar changes.

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