Chapter published in:Language Learning, Discourse and Cognition: Studies in the tradition of Andrea Tyler
Edited by Lucy Pickering and Vyvyan Evans
[Human Cognitive Processing 64] 2018
► pp. 111–130
The role of embodiment in the semantic analysis of phrasal verbs
A corpus-based study
Many of the meanings of prepositions are derived from our bodily experience and conceptualization of the spatial-physical world. This study examines the relationship between frequency and embodied meaning in spatial particles. Tyler and Evans’ Principled Polysemy Model was used to analyze high and low frequency particles. The analysis shows that particles including up, out, off and over appear frequently in phrasal verbs due to a larger set of embodied experiences and a more complex semantic network associated with these particles. In contrast, low frequency particles such as through, under, into and for appear less frequently in phrasal verbs due to the nature of the embodied meanings motivating these uses. Implausible constructions such as hold under and drop up were found to be explainable by examining the basic embodied meanings of the verb and the particle.
Keywords: embodied experience, Principled Polysemy Model, spatial particles
Published online: 20 December 2018
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