Lexical Representation, Co-composition, and Linking Syntax and Semantics

  • Robert D. Van ValinJr.Email author
Part of the Text, Speech and Language Technology book series (TLTB, volume 46)


The question of whether semantic representation of a sentence is projected from the lexical properties of the verb or is constructed based on the structure of the sentence is a fundamental one, and both projectionist and constructionist approaches have been proposed. This paper examines the alleged opposition between and argues that they are in fact complementary rather than contrasting explanations for semantic interpretation.


Semantic Representation Activity Verb Lexical Entry Lexical Representation Mass Noun 
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Versions of this paper have been presented at the First International Workshop on Generative Approaches to the Lexicon, Université de Genève (April, 2001), at the 2002 International Conference on Role and Reference Grammar, Universidad de La Rioja, Spain (July, 2002), at the Heinrich-Heine Universität, Düsseldorf (December, 2002), and the University of Colorado (February, 2003). I would like to thank Elizabeth Guest, Jean-Pierre Koenig, Anja Latrouite, Laura Michaelis, Christopher Piñón, and James Pustejovsky for comments on earlier drafts.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Linguistics and Information ScienceHeinrich Heine UniversityDüsseldorfGermany
  2. 2.Department of LinguisticsUniversity at BuffaloBuffaloUSA

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