The Semantics of Dynamic Space in French

Descriptive, experimental and formal studies on motion expression

ORCID logoMichel Aurnague | Université de Toulouse-CNRS
ORCID logoDejan Stosic | Université de Toulouse-CNRS
ISBN 9789027203205 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027262509 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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Research on the semantics of spatial markers in French is known mainly through Vandeloise’s (1986, 1991) work on static prepositions. However, interest in the expression of space in French goes back to the mid-1970s and focused first on verbs denoting changes in space, whose syntactic properties were related to specific semantic distinctions, such as the opposition between “movement” and “displacement”. This volume provides an overview of recent studies on the semantics of dynamic space in French and addresses important questions about motion expression, among which “goal bias” and asymmetry of motion, the status of locative PPs, the expression of manner, fictive or non-actual motion. Descriptive, experimental and formal or computational analyses are presented, providing complementary perspectives on the main issue. The volume is intended for researchers and advanced students wishing to learn about both spatial semantics in French and recent debates on the representation of motion events in language and cognition.
[Human Cognitive Processing, 66] 2019.  ix, 396 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN016000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Semantics
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2019003768 | Marc record