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Re: quadrivalent verb

From:John Vertical <johnvertical@...>
Date:Tuesday, October 14, 2008, 14:23
On Tue, 30 Sep 2008 14:21:11 -0400, ROGER MILLS wrote:

>I think we could make a good argument that _buy, sell, bet_ and maybe >_trade_ could be considered tetravalent. Each allows (but doesn't require) >maximum Agent--Patient--Dative/Source/Commitative--Amount. Exactly how >"amount" would be treated is the question. Maybe "intrumental"?
"Amount" seems symmetrical to patient for most of these: I sell you a book for $10 = I give you a book and you give me $10. "Bet" appears to be a different structure; "amount" is here taking care of both transfer slots, while the "patient" seems more like a "topic" role than a true patient, as it is not necessarily affected by the transaction. John Vertical