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

Urpo Nikanne and Emile Van Der Zee

in Motion Encoding in Language and Space

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199661213
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745348 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661213.003.0011

Series: Explorations in Language and Space

The lexical representation of path curvature in motion expressions: a three‐way path curvature distinction1

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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

Chapter.  8599 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Psycholinguistics

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