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Valeria Bandecchi, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., School of Languages & Literature, University College Dublin Belfield

Mark. T. Keane, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., School of Computer Science & Informatics, University College Dublin Belfield

 

Abstract

In this paper, we combine linguistic analyses based on Event Templates (Rappaport Hovav

and Levin 1998a) and psychological proposals on the complexity of verb meanings to

develop an analysis of the proposed complexity differences in motion verbs in English (as

a satellite–framed language) and Italian (as a verb–framed language). The key prediction

from this analysis is that for both languages manner–of–motion verbs take longer to be

processed than path–motion verbs: that is to say, independently of the language specific

lexicalization patterns, the more complex the structure, the longer the time to process it.

We also outline some recent findings that have a bearing on this prediction.

 

Key words

Motion Verbs, Lexical Decomposition, Lexical Semantics, Cognitive Psychology, English, Italian

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