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1 Introduction Different languages have ways of expressing objects in space. Motion as an event is construed with respect to space. A motion event is analysed as directed or translational in the sense that it results in a change of location or a static situation or a contained motion that results in no change in location. Talmy (1985) analyses a motion event as having four basic semantic components: (a) figure – entity that is moving, (b) ground–entity that acts as a spatial reference point for the location of the figure, (c) path–path of motion of the figure

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DOI 10.1515/gcla-2013-0013   GCLA 2013; 1: 237 – 252 Juliana Goschler, Till Woerfel, Anatol Stefanowitsch, Heike Wiese and Christoph Schroeder Beyond conflation patterns: The encoding of motion events in Kiezdeutsch1 Abstract: In the domain of motion event encoding, many of the world’s lan- guages fall into one of two types: verb-framed (the path is encoded in the verb) or satellite-framed (the path is encoded outside the verb in a prefix, particle or adverbial while the verb contains information about the manner of movement). A number of studies have

Folia Linguistica 46/2 (2012), 359–385. doi 10.1515/flin.2012.013 issn 0165–4004, e-issn 1614–7308 © Mouton de Gruyter – Societas Linguistica Europaea The encoding of motion events Grammaticalization and innovation in the encoding of motion events Claudio Iacobini University of Salerno The way in which major Romance languages prefer to encode motion events corresponds, in Talmy’s terminology, to the Verb-framed type. Latin is classified as a Satellite-framed language, and hence the diachronic transition from Latin to Romance involves a typological change

JALL 33 (2012), 37 – 65 0167– 6164/12/033-0037 DOI 10.1515/jall-2012-0002 © Walter de Gruyter Motion events in Bambara (Mande) Klaudia dombrowsKy-HaHn Abstract The paper analyses motion events in the Mande language Bambara, using the theoretical framework developed by Croft et al. (2010), which is a revision of the theory first proposed by Talmy (1975, 1985). The revision of Talmy’s theory on the semantics and syntax of motion events introduces a distinction between symmetrical and asymmetrical constructions and proposes to apply it to indi- vidual

the well-established discursive characteristics attributed to verb-framed languages, its main characteristic lexicalisation of motion events is clearly verb-framed. Therefore, the discussion will only refer to Talmy’s two types. on the basis of how the “core schema” of a specific semantic domain is mapped onto syntactic and lexical structures. He argues that: Languages that characteristically map the core schema into the verb will be said to have a framing verb and to be verb-framed languages. Included among such languages are Romance, Semitic, Japanese, Tamil

Bernhard Wälchli (Konstanz) & Fernando Zúñiga (Santiago de Chile) Source-Goal (in)difference and the typology of motion events in the clause* Abstract Starting from the clause, the functional domain of motion events with the three loci Verbal, Ad- nominal, 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

Naming motion events in Spanish and English PAULA CIFUENTES-FÉREZ and DEDRE GENTNER* Abstract This research asked whether speakers are influenced by systematic semantic patterns in their language in forming new word meanings. We used the novel word mapping technique (Nagy and Gentner 1990) to test whether English and Spanish speakers would show e¤ects of their di¤ering semantic systems in inferring the meanings of novel motion verbs. We also tested for any language-specific e¤ects in inferring novel nouns. Participants were given short passages containing either

Children’s verbalizations of motion events in German ANNE-KATHARINA OCHSENBAUER and MAYA HICKMANN* Abstract Recent studies in language acquisition have paid much attention to linguis- tic diversity and have begun to show that language properties may have an impact on how children construct and organize their representations. With respect to motion events, Talmy (2000) has proposed a typological distinc- tion between satellite-framed (S) languages that encode PATH in satellites, leaving the verb root free for the expression of MANNER, and verb-framed (V) languages

Folia Linguistica Historica 35 (2014), 307–358. doi 10.1515/flih.2014.009 issn 0165–4004, e-issn 1614–7308 © Mouton de Gruyter – Societas Linguistica Europaea Motion event encoding and the size of the path verb lexicon The correlation between motion event encoding and path verb lexicon size in the Indo-European language family Annemarie Verkerk Evolutionary Processes in Language and Culture Group, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, the Netherlands There have been opposing views on the possibility of a relationship between motion event