Variation and Change in the Encoding of Motion Events

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  • Editors: Juliana Goschler1, and Anatol Stefanowitsch2
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 2013
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027270948

The linguistic typology of motion event encoding is one of the central topics in Cognitive Linguistics. A vast body of typological, contrastive, and psycholinguistic research has shown the potential, but also the limitations of the original distinction between verb-framed and satellite-framed languages. This volume contains ten original papers focusing specifically on the variation and change of motion event encoding in individual languages and language families. The authors show that some of the central claims about motion event encoding need careful re-examination and reformulation and that individual languages and language families are more variable across space and time than even a refined typology could neatly capture at this time. The volume thus contributes to a more detailed and fine-grained foundation for the investigation of conceptual causes and consequences of different motion-event encoding strategies.

Subjects: Semantics; Cognitive linguistics; Sociolinguistics and Dialectology; Theoretical linguistics; Historical linguistics; Cognition and language; Syntax

  • Affiliations: 1: Carl-von-Ossietzky-Universität Oldenburg; 2: Freie Universität Berlin

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