Edited by Michel Aurnague and Dejan Stosic
[Human Cognitive Processing 66] 2019
► pp. 180–215
Motion verbs and evaluative morphology
This chapter addresses the issue of the interaction between evaluative morphology and the semantics of dynamic space in French by exploring the possibilities of constructing evaluative verbs from motion verbs. Previous research has suggested that motion verbs are relatively reluctant to serve as bases for evaluative affixation. Our aim is both to test the accuracy of this hypothesis and to account for the specificities of those French motion verbs that do allow evaluation. In doing so, we offer new insights into how evaluative morphology can contribute to the encoding of manner of motion. The empirical data on which the semantic and morphological analyses are based are extracted from extensive modern lexicographic resources and corpora.