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Perception Verbs and the Semantics of Content

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/9780199577798.003.0005
Perception Verbs and the Semantics of Content

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This chapter discusses listen‐class verbs and hear‐class verbs in terms of the claim that one of the building blocks of conceptual or cognitive semantics is the spatial organisation of meaning. It also explores these verbs in terms of force dynamics and theories of agency. Related to these two areas of concern, the chapter investigates the semantic and lexical relationships between the two classes of verb and also discusses their Aktionsarten. One of the claims is that the senses of agentive look and see instantiate the same concept.

Keywords: thematic structure; force dynamics; Aktionsart; lexical relatedness; theme

Chapter.  17936 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Semantics

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