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Cutting, breaking, and tearing verbs in Hindi and Tamil

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From the journal Cognitive Linguistics


Tamil and Hindi verbs of cutting, breaking, and tearing are shown to have a high degree of overlap in their extensions. However, there are also differences in the lexicalization patterns of these verbs in the two languages with regard to their category boundaries, and the number of verb types that are available to make finer-grained distinctions. Moreover, differences in the extensional ranges of corresponding verbs in the two languages can be motivated in terms of the properties of the instrument and the theme object.

*Postal address: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Postbus 310, 6500 AH Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Received: 2004-12-08
Revised: 2006-08-03
Published Online: 2007-09-25
Published in Print: 2007-09-19

© Walter de Gruyter

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