By Beth Levin

ISBN-10: 0226475328

ISBN-13: 9780226475325

ISBN-10: 0226475336

ISBN-13: 9780226475332

During this wealthy reference paintings, Beth Levin classifies over 3,000 English verbs based on shared which means and behaviour. Levin starts off with the speculation verb's which means affects its syntactic habit and develops it right into a strong device for learning the English verb lexicon. She exhibits how selecting verbs with related syntactic habit offers an efficient technique of distinguishing semantically coherent verb sessions, and isolates those sessions through analyzing verb habit with admire to quite a lot of syntactic alternations that mirror verb that means. the 1st a part of the ebook units out trade ways that verbs can exhibit their arguments. the second one provides periods of verbs that proportion a kernel of which means and explores intimately the habit of every type, drawing at the alternations within the first half. Levin's dialogue of every classification and alternation comprises lists of correct verbs, illustrative examples, reviews on noteworthy homes, and bibliographic references. the result's an unique, systematic photo of the association of the verb stock. effortless to take advantage of, English Verb sessions and Alternations units the degree for extra explorations of the interface among lexical semantics and syntax. it is going to turn out critical for theoretical and computational linguists, psycholinguists, cognitive scientists, lexicographers, and academics of English as a moment language.

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