Semantic Spaces of Persian Light Verbs

A Constructionist Account


In Semantic Spaces of Persian Light Verbs, Neiloufar Family exposes the semantic organization of light verb constructions in Persian. By clustering constructions based on semantic properties, she provides an insightful and more global view of a system that has been notoriously difficult to classify.

Using diagrams as visual aids, Neiloufar Family takes a novel, bottom-up approach to analysing the light verb system, starting from small sets of constructions and mapping out consistent patterns. Her analysis leads to a deeper understanding of the structure of semantic spaces within the verbal system in Persian, and other languages that use light verbs. This research provides a blueprint for understanding existing verbal constructions and productively creating new ones.

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Neiloufar Family, Ph.D. (2006), Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, is Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Kaiserslautern. Her publications include several articles on Persian verbs as well as original Persian child language corpora. Her current research focuses on psycholinguistics.
All interested in Persian grammar and linguistics; light verb constructions in general; and the development of pedagogical, diagnostic, and experimental tools based on language-specific properties of Persian.
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