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The Event Structure of Perception Verbs
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The Event Structure of Perception Verbs

Nikolas Gisborne

Abstract

Perception verbs – such as look, see, taste, hear, feel, sound, listen, and observe – present unresolved problems for linguistic theories. This book examines the predictability of relations between their semantics and syntactic behaviour, the different kinds of polysemy they exhibit, and the role of evidentiality in verbs like seem and appear. After an opening chapter explaining the nature of the issues, there is a concise introduction to Word Grammar. Chapter 3 considers the implications of the approach for a general theory of event structure, and looks at how Word Grammar can be applied to c ... More

Keywords: perception verbs, event structure, evidentiality, causation, infinitival complementation, thematic roles, force dynamics, argument linking, word grammar, polysemy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199577798
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577798.001.0001

Authors

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Nikolas Gisborne, author
University of Edinburgh
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