The event structure of reciprocal verbs and its implications for bidirectionality

Ana Fernández-Montraveta, Gloria Vázquez García

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© 2016 PUCV, Chile. In this article we present a detailed description of the event structure of the reciprocal situations expressed lexically in Spanish. The description is based on the sentences extracted from a Spanish corpus. We put forward a proposal that involves differentiating between the simple or multiple nature of the reciprocal event and also between the independent or dependent relation of the subevents that make up a reciprocal situation. We characterize reciprocal verbs according to an aspectual typology and we also contribute a new analysis of the so-called collective verbs in order to distinguish them from reciprocal predicates. Finally, we propose a redefinition of the condition of bidirectionality for reciprocal situations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)280-303
JournalRevista Signos
Issue number92
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • Collective verbs
  • Event structure
  • Reciprocal verbs
  • Strong/weak reciprocity
  • Symmetric verbs


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