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LINGUIST List 22.1828

Sat Apr 23 2011

Books: Lexicography/Semantics/Syntax: Faulhaber

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        1.     Julia Ulrich , Verb Valency Patterns: Faulhaber

Message 1: Verb Valency Patterns: Faulhaber
Date: 21-Apr-2011
From: Julia Ulrich <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com>
Subject: Verb Valency Patterns: Faulhaber
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Title: Verb Valency Patterns
Subtitle: A Challenge for Semantics-Based Accounts
Series Title: Topics in English Linguistics [TiEL] 71
Published: 2011
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
                http://www.degruyter.com/mouton

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.com/cont/fb/sk/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110240719-1

Author: Susen Faulhaber
Electronic: ISBN: 9783110240788 Pages: 357 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110240719 Pages: 357 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Abstract:

Taking as its point of departure the general assumption that meaning is
crucial in accounting for verb complementation, this volume presents the
results of an empirical study of verb complementation patterns of
semantically similar English verbs. The semantic parallels of the verbs
selected are based on their coverage in dictionaries - first and foremost
the "Valency Dictionary of English" (Herbst, Heath, Roe and Götz 2004) - as
well as corpus research and native speaker assessments. It is demonstrated
that despite obvious similarities in complementation between such verbs,
there are still a significant number of syntactic discrepancies which
cannot be accounted for on the basis of meaning alone and that semantic
factors - such as selection restrictions and aspectual properties - do not
sufficiently correlate with the verbs' syntactic properties and
consequently do not have sufficient explanatory power.

Thus the results rigorously challenge so-called projectionist approaches
which assume the position that complementation is determined by semantic
properties and thus ought to be predictable on this basis. In the light of
a general trend towards placing greater emphasis on semantic aspects, in
the fields of construction grammar and cognitive grammar too, the number of
idiosyncratic phenomena on the level of single complements as well as whole
patterns clearly underlines the importance of storage phenomena as opposed
to rule-based generation. As such it stresses the necessity of finding ways
to systematically account for item-specific properties of verbs in any
grammatical theory of the English language.

The book is targeted at all linguists interested in the relationship
between semantics and syntax, which is one of the prevalent questions in
modern linguistics, also in the field of construction grammar and cognitive
grammar. Since the data is presented in a way which is compatible with
various theories of complementation, the target group is clearly not
restricted to any specific linguistic school. Because of the large amount
of item-specific information presented, this book is also a valuable source
for grammarians and lexicographers.

Linguistic Field(s): Lexicography
                            Semantics
                            Syntax

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng )

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