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The expression of non-actual motion in Swedish, French and Thai

Blomberg, Johan LU (2015) In Cognitive Linguistics 26(4). p.657-696
Abstract
Dynamic descriptions of static spatial situations, such as the road goes through the forest have attracted a lot of attention across different semantic theories. Analyses in terms of fictive motion and subjective motion have proposed that such expressions are strongly motivated by universal cognitive and conceptual factors. I present theoretical arguments for the conflation of several different motivations in the literature. Instead of a single general motivation, three distinct experiential motivations are presented under the term non-actual motion. These experiential motivations are used to design an elicitation tool for investigating non-actual motion cross-linguistically. Elicited descriptions from speakers of Swedish, French and Thai... (More)
Dynamic descriptions of static spatial situations, such as the road goes through the forest have attracted a lot of attention across different semantic theories. Analyses in terms of fictive motion and subjective motion have proposed that such expressions are strongly motivated by universal cognitive and conceptual factors. I present theoretical arguments for the conflation of several different motivations in the literature. Instead of a single general motivation, three distinct experiential motivations are presented under the term non-actual motion. These experiential motivations are used to design an elicitation tool for investigating non-actual motion cross-linguistically. Elicited descriptions from speakers of Swedish, French and Thai suggest that such descriptions are conventionalized in all three languages, which supports the universal character of non-actual motion across languages. However, in expressing non-actual motion, the language-specific resources for expressing actual motion are used. (Less)
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non-actual motion, fictive motion, subjective motion, motion semantics, semantic typology
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Cognitive Linguistics
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26
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4
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657 - 696
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Mouton de Gruyter
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1613-3641
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10.1515/cog-2015-0025
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English
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  author       = {Blomberg, Johan},
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  keyword      = {non-actual motion,fictive motion,subjective motion,motion semantics,semantic typology},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {657--696},
  publisher    = {Mouton de Gruyter},
  series       = {Cognitive Linguistics},
  title        = {The expression of non-actual motion in Swedish, French and Thai},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/cog-2015-0025},
  volume       = {26},
  year         = {2015},
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