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Title: Explorations of Semantic Space: The Case of Light Verb Constructions in Persian
Authors: Family, Neiloufar
Keywords: Indo-European Languages
Indo-Iranian Languages
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales
Abstract: In this thesis, I address the problem of the construction of meaning of compound expresions, which is at the core of the Persian verbal system. I investigate the semantic properties of light verb constructions in Persian in order to address some fundamental properties of human languages: productivity, compositionality, polysemy, and building constructions (especially linguistic). These properties are present in all human languages. This thesis sheds new light on the organization of the Persian verbal system. Using notions from existing theories, I give a new treatment of LVCs in Persian. The methods used in this work allow us to deal with issues not dealt with in earlier work.
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