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This verb has several meanings aside from the locational activity meaning documented here; specifically, it has a temporal meaning ('Winter follows autumn', 'a hard act to follow'), a cognitive meaning ('I don't follow'), and it also occurs in fixed expressions such as follow suit.

Coding frame

Simplex Verb form

Examples

(109)
The boys followed the girls to the river.
the
the
boys
boys
followed
followed
the
the
girls
girls
to
to
the
the
river
river
‘The boys followed the girls to the river.’
(110)
The boys followed the path all the way to the river.
the
the
boys
boys
followed
followed
the
the
path
path
all
all
the
the
way
way
to
to
the
the
river
river
‘The boys followed the path all the way to the river.’
(401)
His eyes followed her every move.
his
his
eyes
eyes
followed
followed
her
her
every
every
move
move
‘His eyes followed her every move.’
(402)
He's always following me around.
he
he
is
is
always
always
following
following
me
me
around
around
‘He's always following me around.’
(400)
He followed her with his eyes.
he
he
followed
followed
her
her
with
with
his
his
eyes
eyes
‘He followed her with his eyes.’

Verb meaning , Microroles , Coding sets and Argument types

# FOLLOW Coding set Argument type
1 follower NP-nom V.subj A
2 followee NP-acc P

Alternations

Alternation name Occurs Examples
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N y
U
N n
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N n
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N y
C
N y
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N n
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N n
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N n
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N n
U
N n
U
N n
C
N y
U
N n
U
N n
N
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
C
N y
U
N n
C
N y
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
C
N y
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
R n
(392)
‘The road follows the river for ten kilometers or so.’