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Deverbal semantics and the Montagovian generative lexicon ΛTyn

Real, Livy and Retoré, Christian Deverbal semantics and the Montagovian generative lexicon ΛTyn. (2014) Journal of Logic, Language and Information, 23 (3). 347-366. ISSN 0925-8531

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10849-014-9187-y

Abstract

We propose a lexical account of action nominals, in particular of deverbalnominalisations, whose meaning is related to the event expressed by their baseverb. The literature about nominalisations often assumes that the semantics ofthe base verb completely defines the structure of action nominals. We arguethat the information in the base verb is not sufficient to completely determinethe semantics of action nominals. We exhibit some data from differentlanguages, especially from Romance language, which show that nominalisationsfocus on some aspects of the verb semantics. The selected aspects, however,seem to be idiosyncratic and do not automatically result from the internalstructure of the verb nor from its interaction with the morphological suffix. We therefore propose a partially lexicalist approach view of deverbal nouns. Itis made precise and computable by using the Montagovian Generative Lexicon, atype theoretical framework introduced by Bassac, Mery and Retor'e in thisjournal in 2010. This extension of Montague semantics with a richer type systemeasily incorporates lexical phenomena like the semantics of action nominals inparticular deverbals, including their polysemy and (in)felicitouscopredications.

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Additional Information:Thanks to Springer Verlag editor. The definitive version is available at http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10849-014-9187-y
HAL Id:hal-01120689
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Other partners > Institut Polytechnique de Bordeaux - IPB (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université de Bordeaux (FRANCE)
Other partners > Universidade Federal do Paraná - UFPR (BRAZIL)
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Deposited On:26 Feb 2015 12:58

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