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Space and time in Mmen

Nilsson, Signe LU (2013) ALSK11 20122
General Linguistics
Abstract
This thesis provides an analysis of the linguistic expression of spatial and temporal relations in Mmen, a Niger-Congo language spoken in Bafumen, in the North West Region of Cameroon.

Linguistic means of expressing spatial relations are surveyed in usage and in grammatical structure, and categorized according to the patterns found. Locative prepositions and usages are compared with directional and temporal expressions, and the use of spatial motion words and constructions to express motion and relations in time is described and discussed.
The data was elicited in the field, using both pictorial stimuli (Bowerman & Pederson 1992) and translation tasks.

Amongst the salient results was that tonal patterns can be the only distinction... (More)
This thesis provides an analysis of the linguistic expression of spatial and temporal relations in Mmen, a Niger-Congo language spoken in Bafumen, in the North West Region of Cameroon.

Linguistic means of expressing spatial relations are surveyed in usage and in grammatical structure, and categorized according to the patterns found. Locative prepositions and usages are compared with directional and temporal expressions, and the use of spatial motion words and constructions to express motion and relations in time is described and discussed.
The data was elicited in the field, using both pictorial stimuli (Bowerman & Pederson 1992) and translation tasks.

Amongst the salient results was that tonal patterns can be the only distinction in realization of a preposition, and that the conceptualization of “front” and “back” can show the reverse pattern from that in English. (Less)
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author
Nilsson, Signe LU
supervisor
organization
course
ALSK11 20122
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
semantics, temporal relations, prepositions, spatial relations, bantu languages
language
English
id
3602318
date added to LUP
2013-04-10 16:21:23
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2013-04-10 16:21:23
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  abstract     = {This thesis provides an analysis of the linguistic expression of spatial and temporal relations in Mmen, a Niger-Congo language spoken in Bafumen, in the North West Region of Cameroon. 

Linguistic means of expressing spatial relations are surveyed in usage and in grammatical structure, and categorized according to the patterns found. Locative prepositions and usages are compared with directional and temporal expressions, and the use of spatial motion words and constructions to express motion and relations in time is described and discussed.
The data was elicited in the field, using both pictorial stimuli (Bowerman & Pederson 1992) and translation tasks. 

Amongst the salient results was that tonal patterns can be the only distinction in realization of a preposition, and that the conceptualization of “front” and “back” can show the reverse pattern from that in English.},
  author       = {Nilsson, Signe},
  keyword      = {semantics,temporal relations,prepositions,spatial relations,bantu languages},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Space and time in Mmen},
  year         = {2013},
}