In a recent comment on the question Ergative Verbs and some discussion about them, jlawler introduced a term I had not previously encountered:
The rose smells good is completely different; this smell is a flip sense verb, with quite different syntax.
The term I've put in bold links to an answer to a question on our English Language sister site, “Taste” is to “flavor” as “touch” and “sight” are to what? Where John Lawler uses the term a few more times:
Two of the verb classes differ in whether they're volitional, and the other one is an experiential sense with special "Flip" syntax.
The third type is the Flip verbs: sound, look, smell, taste, feel.
Again the three chemical/kinesthetic senses don't change, though only feel works as a Flip verb:
The subject of a Flip verb is not the experiencer, but rather whatever is causing the sensation being experienced.
So I'm wondering if this is a term I ought to be familiar with. Some brief Googling hasn't turned up very much. Is it perhaps better known under another name, or only used by a single author? What is the provenance of this term? Where can I learn more about the concept named by this term?
I just noticed that of course jlawler and John Lawler must be the same person. I wonder how to get different usernames on two SE sister sites (-: