Beth Levin

LSA 116: Lexical semantics of verbs

Beth Levin is the William H. Bonsall Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University. She received her Ph.D. from MIT in 1983 and then spent four years at the MIT Center for Cognitive Science, where she had major responsibility for the Lexicon Project. Before joining the Stanford Department of Linguistics, she taught in the Department of Linguistics at Northwestern University from 1987-1999. She was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in 1999-2000 and is a Guggenheim Fellow in 2008-2009. Her work investigates the semantic representation of events and the morphosyntactic devices that English and other languages use to express events and their participants. Her publications include English Verb Classes and Alternations: A Preliminary Investigation (1993) and, with Malka Rappaport Hovav, Argument Realization (2005) and Unaccusativity: At the Syntax-Lexical Semantics Interface (1995).

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