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Title: A Crosslinguistic Study on the Semantics of Motion Verbs in English and Spanish
Written By: Paula Cifuentes-Férez
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Semantics 01
Description:

Motion is central to human experience; it is pervasive in our daily lives
and also in our communicative needs. However, it is a well established fact
that languages differ in their linguistic expression of motion (Talmy,
1985, 1991, 2000a, 2000b). Despite the vast amount of research on the
linguistic expression of motion events, the fact that motion verb roots
might encode information apart from path and manner is often overlooked, as
are other minor lexicalisation patterns that might occur. Furthermore,
scholars, more often than not, have neglected the study of path verbs in
favour of the study of manner verbs, as the differing expression of manner
has so far been the most interesting diverging point between satellite- and
verb-framed languages. Finally, hardly any work has been devoted to an
in-depth analysis of the semantics of motion verb lexicons in both verb-
and satelliteframed languages beyond the comparison of the motion verbs
found in novels or elicited orally in the two types of language.

The present book tries to meet such needs by addressing the semantics of
English and Spanish motion verbs. Thus, in this work, a systematic and
detailed account of the semantics of English and Spanish motion verb
lexicons from a contrastive point of view is provided. The patterns of
general conflations are explored, as well as more subtle path notions and
fine-grained manner information which can be conveyed by motion verbs in
these two languages. Comparison between English and Spanish leads to the
identification of some similarities and some differences. These findings
suggest that, despite notable cross-linguistic divergences mainly with
regard to manner of motion, there are important tendencies in how English
and Spanish, and possibly other verb- and satellite-framed languages,
lexicalise the domain of motion in their verb roots.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
Subject Language(s): English
Spanish
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Versions:
Format: Loose Leaf
ISBN-13: 9783929075076
Pages: 305
Prices: Europe EURO 68.00