19. The locative PP motion construction in Polish

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This chapter explores from a typological and construction grammar perspective the use of locative vs directional PPs as alternative ways of expressing spatial endpoints in Polish. I argue, against Nikitina (2008, 2010), that the locative PP motion construction (LPPMC) represents a verb-framed lexicalisation pattern in a satellite-framed language. Furthermore it is shown that the locative/directional PP alternation involves a different semantic profile of the Path and Goal components and that this contrast in meaning has important consequences for the grammatical behaviour of both linguistic patterns. Finally, it is suggested that the existence of the locative PP goal-marking in Polish is related to the Goal-bias in human cognition (see also Marotta and Meini, this volume).


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