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ERIC Number: ED140656
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Aug-20
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Contrastive Grammar and Verb Valence.
Moulton, William G.
This paper suggests that traditional syntax describes a sentence's syntactic structure, and that verb valence theory describes a sentence's semantic structure. According to this theory, a verb has a certain valence, or power to attract a certain number of "adjuncts." It is further shown that a given semantic structure can be converted into different syntactic structures in different languages. This theory can aid in second language teaching via a contrastive syntactic analysis. Most of the examples used are German and English. (AM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual meeting of the American Association of Teachers of German (50th, August 20, 1976)