Sense-based and lexeme-based alternation biases in the Dutch dative alternation
In semantic studies of argument structure alternations as well as in psycholinguisticstudies on syntactic priming, lexical alternation biases are typically measuredat the level of the verb lexeme. This study explores the hypothesis that theproper locus of subcategorization probabilities is the verb sense. It investigatesthe effects of lexical polysemy on the subcategorization probabilities of Dutchdative alternating verbs as reflected in frequency data from natural languagecorpora and from a priming experiment. A sense-based distinctive collexemeanalysis on the corpus data indicates that distinct senses of the same verb mayindeed display different alternation biases. The response patterns in our primingexperiment suggest that language users keep track of verb subcategorizationpreferences at different levels of schematization.