Sentence Meaning Comprehension Strategies for Foreign Language Learners: Attribute-space-time Based Events, Event Structures and the Representations

Author/s: Xiaolan Gan

DOI: 10.12738/estp.2018.5.116 

Year: 2018 Vol: 18 Number: 5


The study of sentence patterns plays a very important role in foreign language learning. Linguistic researchers have analyzed and discussed sentence meaning structures and their representation from various angles, but few of them except theories of event structures study from the origin of sentence production. The current mainstream theories of the event structures mainly introduce the event structures by the characteristics of verbs. These theories are bound to lead to the existence of many inexplicable linguistic expressions within their own theoretical frameworks. Adapting to the trend of integrated study of events, the present study attempts to integrate the basic views of events in the various fields and puts forward a view of attribute-space-time based events. On that basis, this study further defines and classifies the events and finally represents their event structures. The mastery of attribute-space-time events, event structures and their representations can help foreign language learners to better grasp the laws of foreign language and to learn them more effectively.

Foreign Language Learning, Theories of Event Structures, The Attribute, The Space, The Time

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