Describing Verb Valency

Practical and Theoretical Issues

  • Mário Alberto Perini

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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About this book


The elaboration of linguistic theories depends on the existence of adequate descriptions of particular languages; otherwise theories will be poorly grounded on empirical data. This book starts from theoretical points of wide acceptance among linguists and goes on to present a descriptive metalanguage, able to express the facts of verb valency, which constitute one of the core areas in linguistic description. Most of the data come from an extensive survey under way of the valency of Portuguese verbs; but the present work’s relevance goes well beyond that, and incorporates a proposal applicable to other European languages, illustrated by the wealth of English examples included in the exposition. Among the topics discussed are the syntactic component of constructions (following here a proposal recently published in Culicover and Jackendoff’s Simpler Syntax); delimitation and definition of semantic roles; the role of linking rules and their relation to prototypes; and the connection between linguistic expressions and cognitive units such as frames and schemata. The result is a notational system flexible and robust enough to describe all aspects of verb valency.


construction grammar lexicology semantic role semantics simpler syntax valency verb valency

Authors and affiliations

  • Mário Alberto Perini
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  1. 1.LetrasUniversidade Federal de Minas GeraisBelo HorizonteBrazil

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