A Study in Unified Diversity: English and Mixtec Locatives
This chapter focuses on unity-in-diversity in the domain of locative expressions. It discusses why languages vary greatly in how they code this fundamental aspect of human experience. The chapter examines two languages — English and Mixtec — whose representations of spatial relationships are strikingly different. A comparison of their descriptions in cognitive grammar elucidate the specific nature of both their divergence and their commonality. The frequent path of grammaticalization whereby nouns evolve into adpositions is also discussed.
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