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ERIC Number: ED104138
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Dec-27
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A Tentative Proposal for a Contextual Dictionary of Spanish Verbs.
Dalbor, John B.
Spanish verbs pose contextual problems for the non-native speaker in his use of the subjunctive, reflexives, and pronouns. The semantic range and syntactic contexts of many common verbs are usually treated and learned very unsystematically. One ordinarily seeks answers to contextual questions from a dictionary, but dictionaries do not provide sufficient examples to explain the range of uses or contexts for verbs. The preparation of a contextual dictionary of Spanish verbs is proposed here as a reference work, a teaching guide, and a source of linguistic data. Preliminary research with about 100 verbs indicates that all Spanish verbs can be grouped into about a dozen overlapping classes: intransitive; subjectless; those taking sentence or infinitive subjects; accusative, taking a noun phrase as object; inchoative; dative, with an indirect object; prepositional, taking a preposition before a complement; copulas, which link a subject to a subject complement; auxiliaries; those not used as progressives; those not used in the imperative; and those that cannot take an animate object. The proposed dictionary would provide an alphabetical listing of the verbs with their classes and examples and a listing of classes and subclasses with their member verbs. (CK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Applied Linguistics Section of the Annual Meeting of the Modern Language Association (New York, New York, December 1974)