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We challenge the predominant view of the English dative alternation, which takes all alternating verbs to have two meanings : a caused possession meaning realized by the double object variant and a caused motion meaning realized by the to variant. Instead, we argue that verbs like give and sell only have a caused possession meaning, while verbs like throw(More)
The notion 'object' 1 has proved useful in the description of grammatical phenomena in and across languages as it picks out a set of noun phrases characterized by a convergence of what Keenan (1976) calls behavioral and coding properties. Concomitantly, this notion has even been taken as a primitive within certain approaches to linguistic representation(More)
They've a temper, some of them-particularly verbs: they're the proudest-adjectives you can do anything with, but not verbs-however, I can manage the whole lot of them[ Abstract This paper presents the lexical component of the STAttT Question Answering system developed at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. START is able to interpret correctly a wide(More)
This paper offers a detailed analysis of the English suffix-ee (employee, escapee, refugee, etc.) based on 1500 naturally-occurring tokens of some 500 word types. The data suggest that formation of nouns in-ee is moderately but genuinely productive, and that analyses based on the syntactic argument structure of the stem verb are unsatisfactory. Instead,(More)
It is the fate of those who dwell at the lower employments of life, to be rather driven by the fear of evil, than attracted by the prospect of good; to be exposed to censure, without hope of praise; to be disgraced by miscarriage, or punished for neglect, where success would have been without applause, and diligence without reward. Among these unhappy(More)