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Query Details


Query Subject:   Semantics: Verbs as Motion Events
Author:   Neda Azkia
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Semantics

Query:   I am Ph.D. student of linguistics and my thesis is focused on "Motion in
Persian". I am compiling my data now, but the problem is the exact
criteria of choosing the motion events. And the other question is on the
conflation of concepts.

For example the verb 'blow' is for 'wind,' so we can say that the figure
concept 'wind' has been conflated in this verb. However, I have seen
that in some theses they consider this verb to be a conflation of motion
and cause.

1. What are the criteria of choosing a verb as a motion event? I've read
Talmy's definition but I couldn't find the borderline in between. For
example some say that 'rain' is not a motion event but Talmy considers
it as a motion verb.

2. Paula Ferez considered the verb 'blow' with conflation of motion and
cause. But the question is the conflation of figure (wind) in this surface
element? Don't you think that the figure is conflated in this expression?

If anyone can point me towards sources with describing the criteria of
choosing motion events and/or information on the conflation of
concepts, I would be most grateful.

Many thanks,
Neda
LL Issue: 22.408
Date posted: 23-Jan-2011



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