Laura A. Michaelis

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1Above all, I’d like to thank Paul Kay for hours of discussion and useful feedback at every stage in the seemingly endless process of writing this chapter. I’m also grateful to Chuck Fillmore and Laura Michaelis for many useful discussions of both content and exposition and for comments on an earlier draft, which was also been improved by the comments of(More)
Implicit type shifting, or coercion, appears to indicate a modular grammatical architecture, in which the process of semantic composition may add meanings absent from the syntax in order to ensure that certain operators, e.g., the progressive, receive suitable arguments (Jackendo¤ 1997; De Swart 1998). I will argue that coercion phenomena actually provide(More)
In Construction Grammar, rules of syntactic combination (descriptions of local trees, e.g., a verb phrase and its daughters) have meanings. These meanings are represented by syntactic, semantic and usage features that attach to the mother or daughter nodes in these trees (Sag 2007, 2008). A construction defines the distinctive properties of a mode of(More)
Coercion is an inferential process through which operator-argument conflicts are resolved in favor of the meaning of the operator, as when frame adverbials impose inchoative readings upon state-type predicates with which they are combined: The ambulance was there in a few minutes. De Swart (1998) represents such effects by means of implicit type-shifting(More)
Whether particular arguments are overtly realized in languages like English is not random. A number of researchers have put forward sweeping generalizations in order to capture certain general tendencies. In this paper, however, it is argued that these analyses underestimate the role of constructions, detailed lexical semantics and discourse factors. Given(More)
Among the many relations which play a role in syntactic and semantic generalizations one has carried a unique historic burden as the regulator of interaction between the two levels: that of head. While the canon of heads has been expanded to include an array of nonlexical categories, as in the functional projections of the minimalist program (see, e.g.,(More)
The lexicon has long been assumed to be the source of all conceptual content expressed by sentences. Syntactic structures have correspondingly been seen only as providing instructions for the assembly of the concepts expressed by words. Under this view, sentences have meaning, but the syntactic structures which sentences instantiate do not. This paper(More)