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The encoding of motion events: Building typology bottom-up from text data in many languages
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, General Linguistics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0256-6855
2013 (English)In: Variation and Change in the Encoding of Motion Events / [ed] Juliana Goschler & Anatol Stefanowitsch, Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2013, 77-113 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper investigates eleven fundamental questions of motion event encoding from a massively cross-linguistic (i.e. typological) perspective in a bottom-up approach in parallel and original texts making use of quantitative and qualitative methods and various visualization methods. It is found that motion events can be encoded by lexical and grammatical means, by words and morphemes and tend to be expressed by constructions rather than simple markers (distributional spatial semantics). It is argued that local decomposition is more appropriate to address the semantics of motion events than global decomposition and that motion event typology consists of continuous rather than discrete variables. In motion event typology there are many features with only weak correlations (high heterogeneity). Both universal and culture-dependent aspects of motion event encoding are identified and areal trends in motion event typology are addressed (notably the deviant behavior of the North American continent).

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Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2013. 77-113 p.
, Human Cognitive Processing, ISSN 1387-6724 ; 41
Keyword [en]
motion event typology, original texts, parallel texts
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-96857ISBN: 9789027270948 (ebook)OAI: diva2:667874
Available from: 2013-11-28 Created: 2013-11-28 Last updated: 2014-06-02Bibliographically approved

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