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Introduction: The typology and semantics of locative predicates: posturals, positionals, and other beasts

Felix K Ameka / Stephen C Levinson
Published Online: 2007-12-04 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/LING.2007.025


1. The linguistic interest of positional verbs

This special issue is devoted to a relatively neglected topic in linguistics, namely the verbal component of locative statements. English tends, of course, to use a simple copula in utterances like “The cup is on the table”, but many languages, perhaps as many as half of the world's languages, have a set of alternate verbs, or alternate verbal affixes, which contrast in this slot. Often these are classificatory verbs of ‘sitting’, ‘standing’ and ‘lying’. For this reason, perhaps, Aristotle listed position among his basic (“noncomposite”) categories.

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*Correspondence address: Felix Ameka, Dept. African Languages and Cultures, Leiden University Centre for Linguistics, PB 9515, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands.

Published Online: 2007-12-04

Published in Print: 2007-10-19

Citation Information: Linguistics, Volume 45, Issue 5part6, Pages 847–871, ISSN (Online) 1613-396X, ISSN (Print) 0024-3949, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/LING.2007.025.

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