Towards an experientially-based classification of motion situations

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The concepts of motion and force are both extensively discussed in cognitive linguistics literature. However, they are discussed separately. The first – usually in the context of ‘motion situations’ (e.g. Talmy 2000; Slobin 2003; Zlatev 2007; Zlatev et al. 2010, 2012), the other – as part of the Force Dynamics framework, which was developed by Talmy (1976, 1988, 2000) and adopted by, for example, Sweetser (1982, 1991), Johnson (1987), Boye (2001), Vandenberghe (2002), and Da Silva (2003). The aim of this chapter is to argue that the concepts of force and motion should not be isolated but considered as two inseparable parts of force-motion events.


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