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Metaphoric motivation in grammatical structure

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Abstract

This chapter is concerned with the use of non-motion verbs in the caused-motion construction. Their literal or figurative motional interpretation is claimed to be motivated by high-level conceptual metaphors. Typically, these non-motion verbs are lexically intransitive and coerced into transitive verbs in the caused-motion construction. The goal of the paper to identify the constructional meanings of these verbs resulting from processes of metaphorization. These meaning constructions are analyzed within the theoretical frameworks of <i>Conceptual Metaphor Theory</i> and the <i>Lexical-Constructional Model</i>.

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