Linguistic view of verbs

boyd at boyd at
Sat Oct 27 07:11:55 EDT 2001

Iver wrote:
<In semantics, it is more common to talk about verbs that have 
one, two or three basic valencies. These valencies are like arms 
that go out from the verb nucleus and are able to grab one to three 
nominals in various roles. The primary or basic semantic roles are: 
1) agent (with subclasses:experiencer and cause), 2) patient or 
undergoer, 3) beneficiary or location.>

Dear Iver, Kimmo, and others,

What book could you recommend that would further explain the 
terminology and approach you mention above?  I always appreciate 
your contributions from linguistics--thanks for your work!

Jonathan Boyd
Huxley, IA

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