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Topology and Verb Classes

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V. I. Arnol'd, Catastrophe Theory, Springer-Verlag, New York 1984

Beth Levin, English Verb Classes and Alternations: a Preliminary Investigation,University of Chicago Press, Chicago 1993

Steven Pinker, The Language Instinct, William Morrow & Co., New York 1994.The quote is on p. 232. Pinker attributes the trope to Noam Chomsky, but Ihave not been able to track it down in Chomsky's published works.

Tim Poston and Ian Stewart,Catastrophe Theory and its Applications Pitman, London 1978

René Thom, Topologie et linguistique in A. Haefliger andR. Narasimhan, eds., Essays on Topology and Related Topics, Springer-Verlag,New York, 1970. Thom's essay is on pp. 226-248.

René Thom, Stabilité Structurelle et Morphogénèse,W. A. Benjamin, Inc., Reading, Massachusetts, 1972. The catastrophes aretreated in some detail. See especially Chapter 13, Appendix 2: Uneinterprétation topologique des fonctions grammaticales.