Semantics: Mock Exam (February, 2001).
Semantic parameters: (3 points): Describe the semantic parameters and the type of event (mode of action, activities, …) that characterise the predication in the following sentences.
His face reddened.
I pushed open the door.
She is hearing funny noises in the attic.
He fell asleep in no time.
His staff shall receive instructions.
John lives in London.
This boy resembles his father.
John paints water-colours.
They went to Chicago.
Last night he drank red wine.
The wheel was spinning.
This box contains cigars.
Are the NP's below referential? Answer Y or N. Explain. (3 points)
Captain Segura reserved a photograph on the desk:…. A heap of smashed metal which had once been a car. And this? : A young man's face in the flashlights: a man's foot touching his shoulders. “Do you know him?”.
We had a call from P. Sanchez about a man who had broken into his house with vague threats.
I could have made a beautiful woman very happy with a necklace of rubies.
No such profits, of course, were possible for the little man in the streets.
You've been writing his elegy like a bad novelist preparing an effect.
I just picked up in case I had to hit someone.
Define the semantic relations that characterise the non-verbal predicates in the following sentences, and underline the predicator (2 points):
John is a teacher.
My mother is the woman in the corner.
He's very good at his work.
The meeting will be at three o'clock.
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