Granularity in the Verbalization of Events and Objects

A cross-linguistic study

ORCID logoKaterina Stathi | University of Münster
ISBN 9789027213822 | EUR 120.00 | USD 180.00
ISBN 9789027249791 | EUR 120.00 | USD 180.00
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The study departs from the observation that in expressing ideas, some languages encode more details than others. It investigates whether languages encode events and/or objects at a coarse-grained (e.g., put, glass) as opposed to a fine-grained (e.g., lay, wine glass) level systematically. The level of detail is termed granularity, which is viewed as a cline from fine-grained (semantic specificity) to coarse-grained meaning (semantic generality). Four languages are investigated: German, English, Greek, and Turkish. The study draws on elicited data from a naming task. The verbalization of events is based on event and object descriptions in selected semantic domains. The results reveal significant granularity effects between languages and language types (satellite-framed vs. verb-framed). The study is relevant for scholars interested in linguistic typology, lexical and semantic typology, contrastive linguistics, event representation, psycholinguistics, and cognitive semantics.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 233] 2023.  xviii, 536 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents

Main BIC Subject

CFK: Grammar, syntax

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009060: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
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ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2023014093