The aim of this paper is to integrate spatial cognition with lexical semantics. We develop cognitive models of actions and events based on conceptual spaces and vectors on them. The models are then used to present a semantic theory of verbs. We propose a two-vector model of events including a force vector and a result vector. We argue that our framework provides a unified account of a multiplicity of linguistic phenomena related to verbs. Among others it provides a cognitive explanation of the lexical constraint regarding manner vs. result and polysemy caused by intentionality. It also generates a unified definition of aspect.
|Titolo:||Event structure, conceptual spaces and the semantics of verbs|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2012|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||2.1 Articolo su rivista |