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ERIC Number: ED323759
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 9
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A Note on Semantic Selection.
Endo, Yoshio
MITA Working Papers in Psycholinguistics, v2 p19-26 1989
The notions of categorical selection (c-selection) and semantic selection (s-selection) as outlined in recent research on generative grammar are discussed. The first section addresses the type of selectional constraint imposed on English small clauses (e.g., "John considers [Mary smart]"). In the second section, it is suggested that the constraint on small clauses has some crucial implications for problems of syntax and semantics involving cleft sentences (e.g., "It was [under the chair] that I left my coat"), "though" attraction (e.g., "[Though John was busy], he finished his homework"), and the verb "seem" (e.g., "Mary seems [honest]"). It is concluded that a promising solution to the question of how to characterize the distributions of certain types of constructions lies in semantic rather than categorical selection. (MSE)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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