Effects of Verbal Event Structure on Online Thematic Role Assignment

  title={Effects of Verbal Event Structure on Online Thematic Role Assignment},
  author={Evie A. Malaia and Ronnie B. Wilbur and Christine M. Weber-Fox},
  journal={Journal of Psycholinguistic Research},
Event structure describes the relationships between general semantics (Aktionsart) of the verb and its syntactic properties, separating verbs into two classes: telic verbs, which denote change of state events with an inherent end-point or boundary (catch, rescue), and atelic, which refer to homogenous activities (tease, host). As telic verbs describe events, in which the internal argument (Patient) is affected, we hypothesized that processing of telic verb template would activate syntactic… 

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