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Motion Encoding in Language and Space$
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Mila Vulchanova and Emile van der Zee

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199661213

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661213.001.0001

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Verbs of aquamotion: semantic domains and lexical systems

Verbs of aquamotion: semantic domains and lexical systems

(p.67) 4 Verbs of aquamotion: semantic domains and lexical systems
Motion Encoding in Language and Space

Yury Lander

Timur Maisak

Ekaterina Rakhilina

Oxford University Press

The current chapter elaborates on an approach which aims at the cross-linguistic comparison of lexical domains or (sub)systems. This approach is based on distinguishing among semantic domains which can be said to occur across languages and which are useful and relevant from a typological perspective. We illustrate this approach by exploring the conceptualization of motion / being in liquid medium (aquamotion), within which four general domains (swimming, sailing, drifting, and floating) are recognized. Using this distinction, we propose a typology of aquamotion systems that distinguishes between ‘rich’, ‘poor’, and ‘middle’ systems of aquamotion expressions depending on the lexical contrasts that the language displays.

Keywords:   motion verbs, lexical typology, aquamotion

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