Verb Meaning and Context: A Criticism of Manner-Result Complementarity

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The lexical semantic representation of a verb consists entirely of either:
a Manner atom or a Result atom or both Manner and Result atoms.
One lexical entry’s atoms project all uses of a verb and are interpreted in all uses.
Verbs do not lexicalize or drop different meaning components in different contexts.
Rather, aspectual focus foregrounds a projected atom, thus affecting interpretation.
There is no Manner-Result complementarity in lexical (or syntactic) verb composition.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAutour du Verbe Anglais
Subtitle of host publicationConstruction, Lexique, Evidentialité
EditorsGeneviève Girard-Gillet
Place of PublicationParis
Publisher Presses Sorbonne Nouvelle
ISBN (Print)9782878546293
StatePublished - 22 Aug 2014


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