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Title: Pragmatic Factors and Variation in the Expression of Spatial Goals: The case of into vs. in
Author: Tatiana Nikitina
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Homepage: http://www.projectwan.org/nikitina
Institution: Freie Universität Berlin
Linguistic Field: Semantics; Text/Corpus Linguistics; Typology
Abstract: Languages often allow for alternative ways of describing the same motion event. This paper investigates the use of into vs. directional in as alternative strategies for expressing spatial goals in English. Based on results of a corpus study, I discuss factors that favor the use of one or the other strategy. Firstly, in tends to be used only when the directional meaning can be inferred from some other element of the sentence. Secondly, the choice of a preposition is influenced by factors that are relevant for the pragmatic construal of a motion event, suggesting that pragmatic notions, such as the relative prominence of different subparts in the conceptualization of a complex event, may affect the morphosyntactic encoding of a locative argument.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: In Progress
Publication Info: Anna Asbury, Jakub Dotlačil, Berit Gehrke, and Rick Nouwen (eds.) Syntax and Semantics of Spatial P. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, pp. 175-95


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