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LINGUIST List 23.4905

Sun Nov 25 2012

Books: Caused Motion Events in Turkish: Verbal and Gestural Representation in Adults and Children: Furman

Editor for this issue: Danniella Hornby <daniellalinguistlist.org>

Date: 20-Nov-2012
From: Mariëtte Bonenkamp <lotuu.nl>
Subject: Caused Motion Events in Turkish: Verbal and Gestural Representation in Adults and Children: Furman
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Title: Caused Motion Events in Turkish: Verbal and Gestural
Representation in Adults and Children
Series Title: LOT dissertation series

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke - LOT

Author: Reyhan Furman

Paperback: ISBN: 9789460930850 Pages: Price: Europe EURO


Caused motion events (e.g. a boy pulls a box into a room) are basic events
where an Agent (the boy) performs an Action (pulling) that causes a Figure
(box) to move in a spatial Path (into) to a Goal (the room). These semantic
elements are mapped onto lexical and syntactic structures differently across
languages This dissertation investigates the encoding of caused motion events
in Turkish, and the development of this encoding in speech and gesture. First,
a linguistic analysis shows that Turkish does not fully fit into the expected
typological patterns, and that the encoding of caused motion is determined by
the fine-grained lexical semantics of a verb as well as the syntactic
construction the verb is integrated into. A grammaticality judgment study
conducted with adult Turkish speakers further establishes the fundamentals of
the encoding patterns. An event description study compares adults’ verbal and
gestural representations of caused motion to those of children aged 3 to 5.
The findings indicate that although languagespecificity is evident in
children’s speech and gestures, the development of adult patterns takes time
and occurs after the age of 5. A final study investigates a longitudinal video
corpus of the spontaneous speech of Turkish-speaking children aged 1 to 3, and
finds that language-specificity is evident from the start in both children’s
speech and gesture. Apart from contributing to the literature on the
development of Turkish, this dissertation furthers our understanding of the
interaction between language-specificity and the multimodal expression of
semantic information in event descriptions.

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics

Subject Language(s): Turkish (tur)

Written In: English (eng)

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