Thèse de doctorat en Informatique linguistique
Sous la direction de Gaston Gross.
Soutenue en 1998
à Paris 13 .
Our analysis is based on the following definition of frequency : frequency gives the number of times an event occurs as represented by the predicate (in the sense of harris) in a sentence. If we consider frequency as an aspectual value expressed by items other than the predicate (chapter i), in this work we have gathered syntactically different lexical elements : affixes : re-, -iller, etc. (chapter ii), adverbials : souvent, habituellement, sans arret, etc. (chapter iii), determiners : des, beaucoup de, etc. (chapter iv), adjectives : multiple, nombreux, abondant, etc. (chapter v) and, including verbes such as support verbes (cf. Multiplier in il multiplie ses voyages) (chapter vi). This work is particularly dedicated to predicative nouns, to prove that not only verbs are concerned by aspect, and also, because nouns have their own means to denote frequency (adjectives and support verbs). We have tried to highlight the heterogeneousness and the diversity of frequency as expressed in various ways (so far we have listed nine kinds of repetition some of which being sub- categorized) to help us understand the notion of aspect, as well as for the automatic treatment of french.
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