Analyzing stative dimensional verbs in frames

Thomas Gamerschlag 1  and Wiebke Petersen 1
  • 1 University of Dusseldorf


In this paper we discuss the class of stative dimensional verbs. Stative verbs of this type such as German wiegen ‘weigh’ and heisen ‘be called’ encode a dimension such as weight and name and additionally allow for the specification of a value along this dimension. We present frame analyses of posture verbs such as liegen ‘lie’ and stimulus subject perception verbs such as klingen ‘sound’, which constitute two prominent subclasses of German SDVs. We argue that a proper account of both types of SDVs requires explicit reference to the encoded dimension. It will be shown that frame representations are especially apt for that purpose since SDVs can easily be translated into attribute-value pairs, which are the building units of frames

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