The Semantic Assymmetry of 'Argument Alternations'

Fish abound in the pond Garlic reeked on his breath The pond abounds with fish His breath reeked with garlic Such sentences were first noted in Jespersen, then were introduced in Generative Grammar by Fillmore and Anderson. The most extensive treatment, from which some of the data below is taken, is Salkoff’s ”Bees are Swarming in the Garden”, Language 59.2, 288-346; cf. also Boons & Leclere, and see Levin for further references. For convenience in referring to the two kinds of sentences, I will adopt this terminology: Agent-Subject Form: “Bees are swarming in the garden” Location-Subject Form: “The garden is swarming with bees” The swarm-alternation should be distinguished carefully from the spray-load -alternation
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