Motion and Space across Languages: Theory and applications (Human Cognitive Processing 59)

Motion and Space across Languages: Theory and applications (Human Cognitive Processing 59)

By: Iraide Ibarretxe-Antunano (editor)Hardback

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This volume offers a unique combination of interdisciplinary research and a comprehensive overview of motion and space studies from a semantic typological perspective. The chapters present cutting-edge research covering central topics such as the status of semantic components in motion event descriptions and their role in typological variation, the function of linguistic multimodal structures for the codification of motion, the diachronic evolution of motion expressions and its effects on motion typologies, the correspondences between physical and non-physical (fictive, metaphorical) motion, and the impact of contexts and genres on the characterization and interpretation of motion events. These issues are examined from a theoretical and applied linguistic perspective (L1-L2 acquisition, translation/interpreting). The analyses make use of diachronic and synchronic data collected by a range of methods (elicitation, experimentation, and corpus research) in more than fifteen languages. All in all, this book will be of great value to scholars and students interested in the expression of motion and space across languages.


1. Editor and contributors; 2. Foreword. Past, present, and future of motion research (by Talmy, Leonard); 3. Introduction. Motion and semantic typology: A hot old topic with exciting caveats (by Ibarretxe-Antunano, Iraide); 4. Part I. Delving into motion event typology; 5. Chapter 1. The typology of manner expressions: A preliminary look (by Akita, Kimi); 6. Chapter 2. Expressing and categorizing motion in French and English: Verbal and non-verbal cognition across languages (by Hickmann, Maya); 7. Chapter 3. The functional nature of deictic verbs and the coding patterns of Deixis: An experimental study in English, Japanese, and Thai (by Matsumoto, Yo); 8. Chapter 4. The importance of minority languages in motion event typology: The case of Aragonese and Catalan (by Ibarretxe-Antunano, Iraide); 9. Chapter 5. Latin to ancient Italian motion constructions: A complex typological shift (by Mosca, Monica); 10. Chapter 6. The early life of borrowed path verbs in English (by Huber, Judith); 11. Chapter 7. Non-actual motion in language and experience (by Blomberg, Johan); 12. Chapter 8. Metaphorical motion constructions across specialized genres (by Caballero, Rosario); 13. Part II. Expanding motion event typology; 14. Chapter 9. Crossing the road or crossing the mind: How differently do we move across physical and metaphorical spaces in speech and in gesture? (by Ozcaliskan, Seyda); 15. Chapter 10. Thinking for speaking about motion in a second language: Looking back and forward (by Cadierno, Teresa); 16. Chapter 11. Motion events contrasts in Romance languages: Deixis in Spanish as a second language (by Hijazo-Gascon, Alberto); 17. Chapter 12. Verb framed, satellite framed or in between?: A L2 learner's thinking for speaking in her L1 and L2 over 14 years (by Stam, Gale); 18. Chapter 13. On the reception of translations: Exploring the impact of typological differences on legal contexts (by Rojo, Ana); 19. Chapter 14. Applying language typology: Practical applications of research on typological contrasts between languages (by Filipovic, Luna); 20. Afterword. Typologies and language use (by Slobin, Dan I.)

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  • ISBN13: 9789027246752
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 460
  • ID: 9789027246752
  • weight: 895
  • ISBN10: 9027246750

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