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Title:"Bring it on": A semantic analysis of bring
Author(s):Healey, Aubrey
Lexical Semantics
Construction Grammar
Abstract:This study is a syntactic-semantic analysis of the English verb bring. A similar methodology was used to the one laid out in Fillmore & Atkins (2000) for the verb ‘crawl.’ The analysis in this paper includes the traditional intransitive, transitive, and ditransitive uses, as well as where bring occurs as a phrasal verb or in an idiomatic expression. Fifty-two different senses were identified in Michigan Corpus of Academic Spoken English (MiCASE) (Simpson et al. 2002), all associated with particular constructions. I was unable to identify a single overarching sense which all of the constructions could be connected back to, although the senses can be connected to each other by metaphorical extension. Thus, bring by itself has very little meaning until it is used in a specific construction. The context of the constructions that polysemous words occur in will determine their semantics.
Issue Date:2013
Publisher:Studies in the Linguistic Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info:Studies in the Linguistic Sciences: Illinois Working Papers 2013: 87-107
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Rights Information:Copyright © 2013 Aubrey Healey
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-12-23

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