ERIC Number: EJ874821
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
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Motion through Syntactic Frames
Feist, Michele I.
Cognition, v115 n1 p192-196 Apr 2010
The introduction of (Talmy, 1985), (Talmy, 1985) and (Talmy, 2000) typology sparked significant interest in linguistic relativity in the arena of motion language. Through careful analysis of the conflation patterns evident in the language of motion events, Talmy noted that one class of languages, V-languages, tends to encode path along with the fact of motion in motion verbs, while a second class, S-languages, tends to encode manner. In the experimental literature, it was reasoned that speakers may be expected to extend novel verbs in accordance with the lexicalization patterns of their native languages. However, the results regarding this prediction are mixed. In this paper, the author examines the interplay between the meaning encoded in the motion verb itself and the meaning encoded in the motion description construction, offering a Gricean explanation for co-occurrence patterns and, by extension, for the mixed results. The author then explores the implications of this argument for research on possible language effects on thought in this domain.
Descriptors: Verbs, Motion, Languages, Coding, Evaluation Methods, Language Patterns, Cognitive Processes, Thinking Skills
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