Event structure, conceptual spaces and the semantics of verbs

  • Warglien M
  • Gärdenfors P
  • Westera M
  • 56


    Mendeley users who have this article in their library.
  • 22


    Citations of this article.


Abstract: The aim of this paper is to integrate spatial cognition with lexical se- mantics. We develop cognitive models of actions and events based on conceptual spaces and vectors on them. The models are then used to present a semantic theory of verbs. We propose a two-vector model of events including a force vector and a result vector. We argue that our framework provides a unified account for a multiplicity of linguistic phenomena related to verbs. Among other things it provides a cogni- tive explanation for the lexico-semantic constraint regarding manner vs. result and for polysemy caused by intentionality. It also generates a unified definition of aspect.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Actions
  • Aspect
  • Conceptual spaces
  • Events
  • Force vector
  • Manner/result complementarity
  • Result vector
  • Similarity

Get free article suggestions today

Mendeley saves you time finding and organizing research

Sign up here
Already have an account ?Sign in

Find this document


  • Massimo Warglien

  • Peter Gärdenfors

  • Matthijs Westera

Cite this document

Choose a citation style from the tabs below

Save time finding and organizing research with Mendeley

Sign up for free