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Multilingual Electronic Dictionary of Motion Verbs (DICEMTO): overall structure and the case of andar

Olga Batiukova and Elena de Miguel

Abstract

This chapter presents the research project “Multilingual Electronic Dictionary of Motion Verbs (DICEMTO)”, focused on the meaning alternations displayed by predicates with motion verbs. The basic assumption underlying DICEMTO is that the semantic variation that these verbs show in context is determined by the sub-lexical features encoded in their lexical entry and the lexical entries of their arguments. We explore in detail the lexical entry of the Spanish verb andar, composed of the minimal definition, the argument structure, the event structure, and the qualia structure, and show how the different meaning components belonging to these levels interact dynamically and generate different senses depending on the context.

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