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Towards a lexical profile of the Swedish verb lexicon
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Languages, Department of Linguistics and Philology. Lingvistik.
2006 (English)In: Sprachtypologie und Universalienforschung, ISSN 0942-2919 electronic 0942-2919, Vol. 59, no 1, 103-129 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper will provide a typological-contrastive sketch of the lexical semantic structure of the verb lexicon in Swedish based on data from translation corpora and the information on lexical typology currently available in published works. As a background, a brief survey is given of basic verbs in European languages. The major part of the paper is devoted to sketches of the most frequent verbs within some of the most basic semantic fields such as Posture, Location, Motion and Possession. Language-specific lexical differentiation is exemplified by the verbs of putting sätta-ställa-lägga and an example of an extensive language-specific pattern of polysemy is presented in an analysis of the very frequent verb få 'get, may'. The paper also discusses some cases of grammaticalization such as the use of gå 'go' as a marker of a specific type of possibility.

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2006. Vol. 59, no 1, 103-129 p.
Keyword [en]
linguistic typology, lexical semantics, Swedish
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-18013OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-18013DiVA: diva2:45784
Available from: 2006-11-20 Created: 2006-11-20 Last updated: 2011-01-11

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