ERIC Number: EJ778712
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
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Event Templates in the Lexical Representations of Verbs
McKoon, Gail; Macfarland, Talke
Cognitive Psychology, v45 n1 p1-44 Aug 2002
Four experiments support the hypothesis that syntactically relevant information about verbs is encoded in the lexicon in semantic event templates. A verb's event template represents the participants in an event described by the verb and the relations among the participants. The experiments show that lexical decision times are longer for verbs with more complex templates than verbs with less complex templates and that, for both transitive and intransitive sentences, sentences containing verbs with more complex templates take longer to process. In contrast, sentence processing times did not depend on the probabilities with which the verbs appear in transitive versus intransitive constructions in a large corpus of naturally produced sentences.
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