Gee Presents at 2016 International Symposium on Verbs, Clauses, and Constructions

Dr. Roger Gee, Professor and Director of the Master’s Program in TESOL and Literacy for the School of Education, recently presented at the 2016 International Symposium on Verbs, Clauses, and Constructions. The symposium was held on October 26-28, 2016 at the University of La Rioja, Logroño, Spain.  It was sponsored by The Nerthus Project Research Group (Department of Modern Languages, University of La Rioja) and focused on reports of substantial, original, and unpublished research. His paper was titled, “Semantic Prosody of I/we + past tense + me/us verb constructions.”

“The semantic prosody of a lexical item may be defined as the negative or positive associations of other words or phrases that co-occur with the lexical item, and the tendency is for semantic prosody to be negative,” Gee said. “The research I reported investigated the semantic prosody of the I/we + past tense + me/us verb construction for ditransitive high-frequency verbs that carry a possessive or obtaining sense. The Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA) was used to locate 165 singular tokens of the verb construction and 81 tokens of the plural construction. For the singular construction, 86 percent had a positive semantic prosody, and for the plural construction, 60 percent had a positive semantic construction.”