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|Subject:||Verbs of Smell|
|Question:||In English, Spanish, and French there seems to be just one verb smell/oler/sentir which means both to emit a scent and to take in a scent. The roses smell beautiful/ I smell the roses. In Slavic they tend to be different verbs (Polish pachniec vs. wachac), and I was wondering which pattern is more common cross linguistically (English/Spanish/French or Polish/Slavic). I would be grateful for pointers towards literature on the verbs of smell as well as examples of smell verbs from different languages. Thank you very much, Kat Dziwirek|