Article published in:Variation and Change in the Encoding of Motion Events
Edited by Juliana Goschler and Anatol Stefanowitsch
[Human Cognitive Processing 41] 2013
► pp. 223–244
Variation and change in English path verbs and constructions: Usage patterns and conceptual structure
English is classified as a satellite-framed language with manner-conflating verbs, but it also has a substantial number of (usually Romance) pathconflating verbs that are used transitively with a locative direct object. In this chapter, I address two aspects of these verbs. Using the case of enter, I show how they are initially used in the satellite-framed English motion construction, leading to a double encoding of the path, and are then integrated into the transitive pattern in order to avoid semantic conflicts within the motion construction. I also show how the use of enter in the motion construction and the transitive construction may lead to a semantic specialization in varieties where both variants exist, such that the double encoding of the path stresses the aspect of boundary crossing.
Keywords: double path encoding, motion, Romance loan verbs
Published online: 14 November 2013
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