Volume 11, Issue 1
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This paper proposes an explanatory model for the lexical representation of the native speakers’ lexical knowledge of English prepositions. Lexical knowledge of prepositions as relational predicates includes argument structure (trajector-landmark) as in , situation types (position vs state) as in , lexical hierarchies (spatial subdomains) based on semantic primitives, as in , and embodied perceptual parameters configured in four dimensions, namely, geometry, topology, force-dynamics and function (from ). This model is illustrated here by expounding three lexical templates compatible with constructional templates in the , representing the semantic decomposition of English prepositions , and .

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