Skip to main content

Lund University Publications

LUND UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES

Language-specific encoding of placement events in gestures

Gullberg, Marianne LU orcid (2011) p.166-188
Abstract
This study focuses on the effect of the semantics of placement verbs on placement event representations. Specifically, it explores to what extent the semantic properties of habitually used verbs guide attention to certain types of spatial information. French, which typically uses a general placement verb (mettre, 'put'), is contrasted with Dutch, which uses a set of fine-grained

(semi-)obligatory posture verbs (zetten, leggen, 'set/stand', 'lay'). Analysis of the concomitant gesture production in the two languages reveals a patterning toward two distinct, languagespecific event representations. The object being placed is an essential part of the Dutch representation, while French speakers instead focus only on the (path of the)... (More)
This study focuses on the effect of the semantics of placement verbs on placement event representations. Specifically, it explores to what extent the semantic properties of habitually used verbs guide attention to certain types of spatial information. French, which typically uses a general placement verb (mettre, 'put'), is contrasted with Dutch, which uses a set of fine-grained

(semi-)obligatory posture verbs (zetten, leggen, 'set/stand', 'lay'). Analysis of the concomitant gesture production in the two languages reveals a patterning toward two distinct, languagespecific event representations. The object being placed is an essential part of the Dutch representation, while French speakers instead focus only on the (path of the) placement movement. These perspectives permeate the entire placement domain regardless of the actual verb used. (Less)
Please use this url to cite or link to this publication:
author
organization
publishing date
type
Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding
publication status
published
subject
keywords
Dutch, crosslinguistic differences, event representation, gesture, caused motion, placement, French
host publication
Event representation in language and cognition
editor
Bohnemeyer, Jürgen and Pederson, Eric
pages
166 - 188
publisher
Cambridge University Press
ISBN
978 0 521 89834 8
language
English
LU publication?
yes
additional info
The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Linguistics and Phonetics (015010003)
id
8d45203f-06c4-46c5-a28b-3ecaf15c2d50 (old id 1627582)
date added to LUP
2016-04-04 12:22:44
date last changed
2018-11-21 21:10:35
@inbook{8d45203f-06c4-46c5-a28b-3ecaf15c2d50,
  abstract     = {This study focuses on the effect of the semantics of placement verbs on placement event representations. Specifically, it explores to what extent the semantic properties of habitually used verbs guide attention to certain types of spatial information. French, which typically uses a general placement verb (mettre, 'put'), is contrasted with Dutch, which uses a set of fine-grained<br/><br>
(semi-)obligatory posture verbs (zetten, leggen, 'set/stand', 'lay'). Analysis of the concomitant gesture production in the two languages reveals a patterning toward two distinct, languagespecific event representations. The object being placed is an essential part of the Dutch representation, while French speakers instead focus only on the (path of the) placement movement. These perspectives permeate the entire placement domain regardless of the actual verb used.},
  author       = {Gullberg, Marianne},
  booktitle    = {Event representation in language and cognition},
  editor       = {Bohnemeyer, Jürgen and Pederson, Eric},
  isbn         = {978 0 521 89834 8},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {166--188},
  publisher    = {Cambridge University Press},
  title        = {Language-specific encoding of placement events in gestures},
  year         = {2011},
}