Item description for Constructing a Lexicon of English Verbs (Functional Grammar Series, 23) by Pamela B. Faber...
This book offers an account of the English verb lexicon which not only systematizes the meanings of lexemes within a hierarchical framework, but also demonstrates the principled connections between meaning and, on the one hand, the syntactic complementation patterns of verbs, and on the other hand, patterns of conceptualization of the human mind. The lexicon is conceived as being organized in terms of a set of articulated semantic classes. In each class, lexemes share a set of semantic, syntactic and pragmatic regularities typical of the conceptual area in question. Semantic information in the form of synsem parameters constrains and ultimately explains the syntactic projections of lexical items.
Such systematization of meaning opens a new perspective on the configuration of a lexical entry, and allows a better understanding of the interface between syntax and semantics. The result is a thought-provoking account of lexical patterning and its relationship with mean! ing, syntax and cognition.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.24" Width: 6.52" Height: 2.43" Weight: 3.86 lbs.
Publisher Walter de Gruyter Inc
ISBN 3110164167 ISBN13 9783110164169
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Language Can Be Fun. Jun 21, 2002
This is an impressive work, and a must have for anyone serious about lexical semantics. The authors clearly have extensive practical and theoretical experience in lexical semantics.
But beyond their obvious expertise in the field, they are able to present numerous original and thought provoking examples that are at the same time informative as well as entertaining.
These are real world people writing in a style that makes learning fun.
Getting to Grips with Lexical Semantics Dec 22, 1999
I was very impressed by this book, especially because truly good books on lexical semantics are few and far between. The authors present their own work in the context of other lexical semantic theories, which they summarize in the opening chapters. They describe an interface between syntax and semantics that is grounded in semantic structure, rather than syntax. Their vision of the lexicon is very well argued, and shows that they have worked extensively in the area. I found the idea of predicate schemas particularly convincing as a way of representing lexical regularities. The book is extensively exemplified. An added treat is the originality of the examples, which are refreshing since they come from a wide variety of semantic areas (and not the ones everyone always uses). In my opinion, this book is a must for everyone that is seriously interested in lexical semantics.