Typology as a continuum

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A number of significant intratypological differences emerge due to the processes that drive the lexicalization of motion events in Serbo-Croatian,namely morphological blocking and combinatory potential Filipović 2007a). These two morphosyntactic processes restrict the use of manner verbs and delimit both verb-prefix combinations and the combinability of prefixed manner verbs with path prepositions in motion expressions. As a result, the use of manner verbs is much more restricted in Serbo-Croatian than in English. In addition, the syntactic structure and the content of motion descriptions in Serbo-Croatian differ from the English pattern. The typology is best understood as a continuum, with the satellite-/verb-framed dichotomy being only one of the relevant typological dimensions in this context whose interaction is highlighted in this chapter.


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