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The semantic type system of event nouns

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Abstract

An event noun is a special type of noun that lexically encodes eventive information. This paper examines a typical non-derived Mandarin Chinese noun, <i>huìyì </i>‘conference; meeting’. It first establishes that <i>huìyì</i> is an event noun through distributional evidences. Then, it explores the semantic type system of <i>huìyì</i> using argument structure, event structure, and qualia structure, based on the Generative Lexicon theory (GL). The findings indicate that non-derived event nouns can represent eventive information and GL is versatile enough to represent such information encoded by nouns.

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