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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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The lexical representation of path curvature in motion expressions: a three‐way path curvature distinction 1

The lexical representation of path curvature in motion expressions: a three‐way path curvature distinction 1

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(p.187) 11 The lexical representation of path curvature in motion expressions: a three‐way path curvature distinction1
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Motion Encoding in Language and Space
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Urpo Nikanne

Emile Van Der Zee

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661213.003.0011

This chapter shows that verbs describing paths of motion can be neutral in their specification of curvature, or that they can specify curvature at a local or global level of granularity. It demonstrates that this three-way distinction is encoded differently in the lexico-grammatical systems of Dutch and Finnish, and that this distinction makes it possible to formulate both constraints and constructions (Fillmore and Kay, 1996; Goldberg, 2006; Jackendoff, 2003; Fried and Östman, 2004; Nikanne, 2005) within the Dutch and Finnish grammars.

Keywords:   constructions, curvature, Dutch, Finnish, granularity, semantics, spatial features

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