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Source-Goal (in)difference and the typology of motion events in the clause

Bernhard Wälchli and Fernando Zúñiga

Abstract

Starting from the clause, the functional domain of motion events with the three loci Verbal, Adnominal, and Adverbal, the paper investigates various grammatical and lexical means of expression for the encoding of the local roles Source and Goal in a sample of 117 languages and in more detail in one language with grammatically indifferent Source-Goal encoding, Mapudungun. It is found that the feature Source-Goal (in)difference forms a global cline with Consistent languages clustering in Eurasia and Indifferent languages being most frequent in the New World.

Published Online: 2009-09-25
Published in Print: 2006-09

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