Chapter published in:Neglected Aspects of Motion-Event Description: Deixis, asymmetries, constructions
Edited by Laure Sarda and Benjamin Fagard
[Human Cognitive Processing 72] 2022
► pp. 43–67
Chapter 3Linguistic representations of visual motion
A crosslinguistic experimental study
Yo Matsumoto | NINJAL
Kimi Akita | Nagoya University
Anna Bordilovskaya | University of Tokyo
Kiyoko Eguchi | Osaka University
Hiroaki Koga | Keio University
Miho Mano | Naruto University of Education
Ikuko Matsuse | Center for Newar Studies
Takahiro Morita | Kyoto University
Naonori Nagaya | University of Tokyo
Kiyoko Takahashi | Kanda University of International Studies
Ryosuke Takahashi | Sophia University
Yuko Yoshinari | Gifu University
Linguistic expressions of visual motion (e.g., look into the building) in ten languages are compared, based on a crosslinguistic production experiment. We examine how linguistic representations of visual motion are typologically akin to those of self- and caused motion events. The results suggest that speakers frequently refer to path in describing visual motion events, using the “Implicit-figure construction”, where no overt argument of V moves. Head-external path-coding languages allow path to be expressed similarly to how it is expressed in descriptions of self- and caused motion events, whereas head path-coding languages use different strategies. For visual motion, the use of path verbs and deictic verbs is avoided in most languages. Patterns of the representation of visual motion thus reveal a wider range of crosslinguistic variations in describing motion events than previously thought.
- 2.Issues in the representations of visual motion
- 3.Experiment and the languages examined
- 3.2Languages examined
- 4.Results and discussion
- 4.1Reference to path
- 4.2Choice of construction
- 4.3Coding position of path
- 4.4The complexity of path expressions
- 4.5Representation of deixis
Published online: 07 July 2022
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