Broader Perspectives on Motion Event Descriptions

| National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics
| National Defense Academy of Japan
ISBN 9789027205667 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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Human languages exhibit fascinating commonalities and variations in the ways they describe motion events. In this volume, the contributors present their research results concerning motion event descriptions in the languages that they investigate. The volume features new proposals based on a broad range of data involving different kinds of motion events previously understudied, such as caused motion (e.g., kick a ball across) and even visual motion (e.g., look into a hole). Special attention is also paid to deixis, a hitherto neglected aspect of motion event descriptions. A wide range of languages is examined, including those spoken in Europe, Africa, and Asia. The results provide new insights into the patterns languages deploy to represent motion events. This volume will appeal to anyone interested in language universals and typology, as well as the relationship between language and thought.
[Human Cognitive Processing, 69]  Expected September 2020.  ix, 318 pp. + index
Publishing status: In production
Table of Contents
This is a provisional table of contents, and subject to changes.
Editors and contributors
Introduction. Motion event descriptions in broader perspective
Yo Matsumoto and Kazuhiro Kawachi
Part I. Path and Deixis in individual languages
Chapter 1. Distinct coding of Deixis and Path in Kathmandu Newar
Ikuko Matsuse
Chapter 2. Patterns of deictic expressions in Hungarian motion event descriptions
Kiyoko Eguchi
Chapter 3. Patterns of path encoding in German
Birgitta Meex
Chapter 4. Syntactic and semantic structures of Thai motion expressions
Kiyoko Takahashi
Part II. Crosslinguistic and theoretical studies
Chapter 5. A fine-grained analysis of manner salience: Experimental evidence from Japanese and English
Kimi Akita and Yo Matsumoto
Chapter 6. Attraction of attention in perceived motion events weighed against typology and cognitive cost: An experimental study of French
Takahiro Morita
Chapter 7. Should Talmy’s motion typology be expanded to visual motion?: An investigation into expressions of motion, agentive motion, and visual motion in Sidaama (Sidamo)
Kazuhiro Kawachi
Chapter 8. Looking into visual motion expressions in Dutch, English, and French: How languages stick to well-trodden typological paths
Bert Cappelle
Chapter 9. Neutral and specialized path coding: Toward a new typology of path-coding devices and languages
Yo Matsumoto
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN016000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Semantics
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2020013601