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valency

(esp US and Canadian), valence
1. Chem a property of atoms or groups, equal to the number of atoms of hydrogen that the atom or group could combine with or displace in forming compounds
2. Immunol
a. the number of antigen-binding sites on an antibody molecule
b. the number of antigen-binding sites with which an antigen can combine

valency

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Traditionally, valency-changing categories are conceived as affecting semantic valency (e.
Valency theory was advanced by Tesniere in his 1959 book Elements de syntaxe structurale, excerpts from which are quoted in Allerton (1982: 1-10).
Some Toqabaqita transitive verbs can occur in two alternative valency frames with respect to their direct and oblique objects.
In collecting the data, I have taken account of instances of giving that can be translated by 'give' in languages in my sample, which are then compared to other verbs of similar valency in a given language.
Valency reduction in the passive is likewise due to a lower degree of discourse relevance of the agent.
In analogy to how atoms combine with other atoms to form molecules, the valency of a language describes how words combine with other words to form larger units.
The pronominal paradigms in (1b) are predicator-specific and as such reflect the valency structure of the verbal predicator.
On the validity of the complement-adjunct distinction in valency grammar.
R = lexical root PAL = valency marking T/A = tense/aspect SA.
On the other hand, argument structure is taken to be a lexical syntactic level of representation devoid of semantic information, specifying the syntactic valency of a predicate as well as the hierarchical disposition of its arguments.
Baker (1999) argues for Mohawk that NI results in an intransitive verb; Mithun and Corbett (1999) argue that incorporation has no influence on the valency of the verb in the external-possession constructions.
In Explorations in Valency in Austronesian Languages, Peter Austin, Barry J.