ERIC Number: ED037734
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Apr
Reference Count: 0
An Approach to the Semantics of Verbs.
von Glasersfeld, Ernst
This paper explains a method of semantic analysis developed in the course of a natural-language research project that led to the computer implementation of the Multistore Parser. Positing an interlinguistic substratum of semantic particles of several different types (e.g. substantive, attributive, developmental, relational), a method is illustrated which makes it possible to map the meaning of activity words in context; the resulting mappings, on the one hand, incorporate much of what, hitherto, has been considered "pragmatics," and on the other, they furnish an exact definition of the semantic "deep structure" underlying the grammatical surface structure of a phrase or sentence. The mappings are here used to demonstrate semantic similarities and discrepancies between an English verb and the German verbs which are required for its translation in various contexts. (Author/FWB)
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Sponsor: Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Arlington, VA. Directorate of Information Science.
Authoring Institution: Georgia Inst. for Research, Athens.
Note: Paper delivered at the Southeastern Conference on Linguistics, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, April 1970