The functional role of verbs in terminological definitions

  title={The functional role of verbs in terminological definitions},
  author={Augustin Ndi-Kimbi},
The role of verbs in definitions is very complex. In general discourse, the function of declarative sentences or propositions is to report events happening to participants, with verbs encoding the events and nouns the participants. In definitions of concepts, verbs and nouns are used to express, in the form of simple (stative) propositions, basic facts concerning processes, states, or actions that relate to the concepts mainly realised in noun form. While the nouns in the definienda can… CONTINUE READING