RE: [Corpora-List] Semantic Distances Revisited - levin

From: Christopher Brewster (
Date: Mon Dec 02 2002 - 12:52:44 MET

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    My understanding of Levin is that she shows that semantically related verbs
    show the same syntactic behaviour but NOT that verbs with the same syntactic
    behaviour are necessarily semanticly related: "the syntactic behaviour of a
    verb [is] to be predicted from its meaning (Levin 1993).

    There is a significant difference. The so called 'distributional hypothesis"
    (which some writer attribute to Zelig Harris 'Distributional Structure'
    1985) has never to my knowledge been show to hold.

    Christopher Brewster

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