The Lexical Semantics of Verbs
LSA Linguistic Institute
- Instructor: Beth Levin, Department of Linguistics, Stanford University
- Dates: Presession (July 1-3, 2007)
- Time: 9:30-11:30am
This course reviews foundational topics in the lexical semantics of
verbs, bringing together insights from a range of theoretical
perspectives. Since verbs are predicates of events, a theory of the
lexical semantics of verbs must be a theory of which cognitively salient
facets of events are relevant to argument realization---the mapping from
lexical semantics to syntax. The course reviews and assesses the two
leading approaches to event conceptualization: one takes events to be
conceptualized in terms of their causal structure, the other in terms of
their aspectual structure. The course then considers the form of a
lexical semantic representation which embodies these theories of event
conceptualization; it surveys theoretical constructs such as semantic
roles, predicate decompositions, proto-roles, and thematic hierarchies.
The course aims to provide essential background for several regular
courses and assumes no specific background in lexical semantics. It
will take the form of three lectures.
Text: Levin, B. and M. Rappaport Hovav (2005) Argument
Realization, Cambridge University Press.
Handouts from Lectures
Note: The material in these lectures is expanded and almost
completely subsumed in the handouts for Course LSA 116,
of Verbs, offered at the 2009 LSA Linguistic Institute.
Introduction and Causal Approaches to Lexical Semantic Representation
Aspectual Approaches to Lexical Semantic Representation
Semantic Determinants of Argument Realization
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