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Cutting and breaking verbs in Otomi: An example of lexical specification

Citation Information: Cognitive Linguistics. Volume 18, Issue 2, Pages 307–317, ISSN (Online) 1613-3641, ISSN (Print) 0936-5907, DOI: 10.1515/COG.2007.018, September 2007

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In this article, I show that Otomi (Otopamean; Otomanguean) is a language with a high degree of lexical specification and a lack of generic verbs. This phenomenon is illustrated with the study of verbs denoting cutting and breaking events.

Keywords: cut and break; separation events; Otomi; Otomanguean; verb semantics; generic verbs

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