ERIC Number: ED171125
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Towards a Universal for Deictic Verbs of Motion. Kansas Working Papers in Linguistics, Volume 3.
Gathercole, Virginia C.
Data from eleven different languages were collected to study the uses of deictic verbs of motion in order to discover possible universals for the semantics of such verbs. The languages, many of them unrelated or distantly related, are: Croatian, English, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Mandarin, Nepali, Spanish, Tamil, Thai, and Turkish. Native speakers were asked to produce sentences in their languages according to the format described in Gathercole (1977). An analysis of the uses of "come" and "go" is presented. It is concluded that the uses of deictic verbs in the languages can be specified in terms of a small number of semantic components, some of which are assertional and some of which are presuppositional. Future research is needed to determine to what extent these components are universal and why, in any given language, a particular subset of these components for "come" and "go" is used. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kansas Univ., Lawrence. Dept. of Linguistics.