THE PRAGMATICS OF MULTI-VERB SEQUENCES: THE CASE OF THE VERB 'GO'
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This paper is an empirical investigation into the nature of multi-verb sequences in English. Multi-verb sequences such as 'V-to-VP' and 'V-and-VP' present a natural construction type of investigating recurring patterns of event sequences as conceived situations. This paper focuses on the image-schematic properties of both the 'go-to-VP' construction and the 'go-and-VP' construction to which previous accounts have paid little attention, and it demonstrates that the interpretation of the image-schemas has enhanced research. The 'go-to-VP' and the 'go-and-VP' constructions require different image schemas. With respect to the 'go-to-VP' construction, the SOURCE-PATH-GOAL schema plays an important role; sometimes a compound image schema of that type are necessary. Specifically, the image-schematic properties of the first verb 'go' are incorporated into the event structure of the second verb to allow the speaker to construe the event denoted by the second verb in accordance with the image-schematic meaning of the first verb 'go'. Consequently, this paper offers a pragmatic and cognitive account of the two constructions respectively. Some results in a data-driven analysis in this paper also reinforce selected convincing explanations.
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