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Network Structure and the Polysemy of <span class="smallCaps">see</span>

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/9780199577798.003.0004
Network Structure and the Polysemy of see

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This chapter is a discussion of the polysemy of see, which is concerned with two main questions: how to model polysemy in a default inheritance based theory; and how fine‐grained an analysis of polysemy needs to be in order to understand the differences between examples such as we saw him cross the road and we saw that he was crossing the road. The analysis presents a subtle and detailed account of the polysemy of see, and argues for a model which relies on a theoretical innovation, the sublexeme. The sublexeme allows the model to keep information about a verb's sense and about its argument linking properties tightly bound together.

Keywords: polysemy; see; sublexeme; prototypes; semantic network

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Subjects: Semantics

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