Syntactic distribution of English denominal verbs

dc.contributor.advisorBeavers, John (Associate professor of linguistics)
dc.contributor.advisorWechsler, Stephen
dc.creatorDenlinger, Kristin
dc.date.accessioned2021-11-01T21:01:54Z
dc.date.available2021-11-01T21:01:54Z
dc.date.created2021-05
dc.date.issued2021-05-07
dc.date.submittedMay 2021
dc.date.updated2021-11-01T21:01:55Z
dc.description.abstractDenominal verbs have been at the forefront of English word formation and lexical semantic literature. A common approach to deriving the structural representation of a denominal verb’s meaning involves using the canonical thematic role the parent noun plays to choose what type of event structure it should be slotted into. This predicts that the nominal role interpretation should constrain what type of argument structures the corresponding denominal verb can occur in. Specifically, locative denominal verbs should show evidence of being associated with accomplishment event structures, while instrument denominal verbs should show evidence of being associated with activity event structures. The present study empirically tests this prediction by first subjecting denominal verbs to a range of telicity tests and then looking at tokens of different types of denominal verbs in a large corpus to quantify the range of their argument structures and semantic entailments. Ultimately, the results provide modest evidence for attributing accomplishment event structures to locatives and activity event structures to instrumentals, especially for literal uses of these verbs.
dc.description.departmentLinguistics
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2152/89749
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectDenominal verbs
dc.subjectWord formation
dc.subjectLexical semantics
dc.subjectCorpus
dc.subjectQuantitative methods
dc.subjectSyntax
dc.subjectSemantics
dc.subjectTelicity
dc.subjectArgument structure
dc.subjectIdiomaticity
dc.subjectMeaning
dc.subjectThematic roles
dc.titleSyntactic distribution of English denominal verbs
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.materialtext
thesis.degree.departmentLinguistics
thesis.degree.disciplineLinguistics
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts
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