Ergativity, Collocations and Lexical Functions

AuthorThierry Fontenelle
TitleErgativity, Collocations and Lexical Functions
AbstractIn this paper, I examine the way in which the causative/inchoative alternation is represented in, and can be extracted from, the Collins-Robert English-French dictionary (Atkins & Duval 1978). This machine-readable dictionary, which has been transformed into a lexical-semantic database at the University of Liège, is enriched with lexical-semantic relations in the form of lexical functions à la Mel'čuk (Mel'čuk 1984) and the resulting collocational database (described in more detail in Fontenelle 1994 a & b, 1995) is used as a starting point to establish correlations between the transitivity alternation under scrutiny, the phenomenon of collocations and the lexical functions linking ergative verbs and their typical arguments.
SessionPART 2 - Lexical combinatorics
author = {Thierry Fontenelle},
title = {Ergativity, Collocations and Lexical Functions},
pages = {216-225},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 7th EURALEX International Congress},
year = {1996},
month = {aug},
date = {13-18},
address = {Göteborg, Sweden},
editor = {Martin Gellerstam, Jerker Järborg, Sven-Göran Malmgren, Kerstin Norén, Lena Rogström, Catalina Röjder Papmehl},
publisher = {Novum Grafiska AB},
isbn = {91-87850-14-1},