ERIC Number: ED171136
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Finnish and English Verbs of Vision. Further Contrastive Papers, Jyvaskyla Contrastive Studies, 6. Reports from the Department of English, No. 7.
Finnish visual verbs and the corresponding terms in English are examined to reveal similarities and dissimilarities in the two semantic fields on the basis of translation equivalence. The contrastive analysis describes how the vocabularies of two genetically unrelated languages interpret the visual activity of seeing and looking, and what kind of aspects the terms indicating vision reflect of that visual experience. The verbs are divided into three main categories: verbs expressing the faculty of sight, perceptional seeing, and intentional seeing. Within these main categories, the verbs have been further classified into subcategories on the basis of their semantic properties. All of the Finnish subcategories of perceptional seeing have corresponding categories in English. One category which is not represented in the Finnish field concerns the idea of failing to see something. English perceptional verbs appear to be generally more specific than the corresponding Finnish terms. The quantity of verbs of intentional seeing exceed the number of verbs of perceptional seeing in both languages. (SW)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Componential Analysis, Contrastive Linguistics, Distinctive Features (Language), English, Finnish, Language Usage, Linguistic Theory, Semantics, Verbs, Vocabulary
Department of English, University of Jyvaskyla, 40100 Jyvaskyla 10, Finland
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Jyvaskyla Univ. (Finland). Dept. of English.