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Volume 18, Issue 2 (Sep 2007)


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

Enrique L Palancar
  • Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, Mexico.
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Published Online: 2007-09-25 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/COG.2007.018


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

About the article

Received: 2004-10-12

Revised: 2006-12-05

Published Online: 2007-09-25

Published in Print: 2007-09-19

Citation Information: Cognitive Linguistics, ISSN (Online) 1613-3641, ISSN (Print) 0936-5907, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/COG.2007.018. Export Citation

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