Is there a reference/archive of English verbs and their argument structure? That is to say, how many and what categories of arguments they require. And maybe even their theta roles? I don't expect there to be a comprehensive archive, but maybe there is a list of the most common verbs.

Something like this:

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Though traditional dictionaries aren't particularly reliable for parts of speech, surely with a dictionary that gives examples it should be straightforward to extract the valency and roles from the examples.

However, if you want to -select- those verbs with a given valency/role structure (ie you want to produce a list of verbs that require an object and location), that doesn't exist as far as I know, though it would be a good summer project in computational linguistics to write a program to create that from examples.

That said, I'm sure one could compile such a list by hand for a given language from relevant research articles and language learning resources.

  • And if you find or create such a resource please link here!
    – Mitch
    May 17, 2023 at 14:52
  • Levin's 1993 English Verb Classes and Alternations doesn't give all the information you ask for, but it's easy enough to derive from the information that is there. May 20, 2023 at 13:18
  • Why is this a proper Meta question? Please do not jump on me. I just don't know. Thanks.
    – Lambie
    Jun 1, 2023 at 17:12
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    @Lambie a long time ago it was decided by consensus (I'm not sure if the meta discussion that did it) that resource requests belonged in meta, not main. Maybe resource requests should be ok in main?
    – Mitch
    Jun 4, 2023 at 15:49
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    @Mitch Since I can't understand half the Meta stuff and discussions that go on, I really can't say. Thanks, though. I was just wondering. Most of it makes my eyes glaze over. :)
    – Lambie
    Jun 4, 2023 at 15:51
  • @Lambie SO is a toy to play with and meta is toy about toys to play with. So it becomes rule play quickly.
    – Mitch
    Jun 4, 2023 at 15:56
  • @Mitch Geesus, man, I know what meta means. That is not what I don't get. It's the endless discussions (nha nha nha factor) that go on and on about this or that topic.
    – Lambie
    Jun 4, 2023 at 16:11
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    @Lambie Oh... what I meant by "it becomes rule play quickly" is that once you go meta it's meta all the way down and every thing can be commented on even comments and people just like to react, which is easy, rather than think it all through, which is hard, and... and I'm doing the reacting here, aren't I, just extending the conversation by reacting.
    – Mitch
    Feb 23 at 13:51

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