Chapter

Introduction

Nikolas Gisborne

in The Event Structure of Perception Verbs

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780199577798
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722417 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577798.003.0001
Introduction

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This chapter introduces the book as a whole. It presents the data set, and explores some of the issues that need to be addressed in a study of these verbs as well as indicating some general concerns in the study of event structure. It is observed that there are three main classes of perception verb — listen‐class verbs; hear‐class verbs; and sound‐class verbs — and there is some exploration of how different perception verbs fit into these categories, and what the core features of the categories are. This chapter locates the study in the relevant literature, and explains the features of Word Grammar, which is the organizing framework for the analysis in this book. It ends with a section describing what is coming up in the rest of the book.

Keywords: perception verbs; word grammar; event structure; polysemy; argument linking; temporal structure

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Subjects: Semantics

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