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Circumstances and Perspective: The Logic of Argument Structure


This paper presents an approach to frame semantics that links a frame-based approach to lexical semantics to a standard event based semantics. A sorted logic is used to define frames and a valence theory linking valence and preposition selection predictions to the frames is given. The sorted logic provides an account whereby valences undefined for a frame yield an undefined semantics, so valence is reduced entirely to semantic selection.

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