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Aquamotion verbs in Slavic and Germanic: A case study in lexical typology
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, General Linguistics.
University of Scheffield, UK.
Institute for the Russian language, Moscow, Russia.
2010 (English)In: New Approaches to Slavic Verbs of Motion / [ed] Hasko, Victoria & Renee Perelmutter, Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins , 2010, 315-341 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The paper contrasts the verbs plyt’/plavat’ in Russian and płynąć/pływać in Polish with their correspondences in Dutch, English and Swedish against a broader typological background. The three Germanic languages use several verbs for what is covered by a pair of derivationally related verbs in each of the two Slavic languages. The Germanic languages lexicalize the activity/passivity of motion, but vary considerably as to how they carve up the conceptual space. Russian and Polish, on the other hand, use plavat’/plyt’ independently of the activity/passivity of motion and focus on the uni- or non-unidirectionality of the motion. Nonetheless, it appears that the different lexicalizations in the Swedish-English-Dutch systems of aquamotion verbs are reflected in constructional differences in the Russian-Polish systems.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins , 2010. 315-341 p.
, Studies in Language Companion Series (SLCS), ISSN 0165-7763 ; 115
Keyword [en]
Lexical Typology; verbs of motion
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics Specific Languages
Research subject
Slavic Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-29124ISBN: 978 90 272 05827ISBN: 978 90 272 8863 9OAI: diva2:229242
Available from: 2009-08-11 Created: 2009-08-11 Last updated: 2011-01-12

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