Publication details [#53305]

Huumo, Tuomas. 2010. Is perception a directional relationship? On directionality and its motivation in Finnish expressions of sensory perception. Linguistics 48 (1) : 49–97.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher
De Gruyter


This paper explores the hypothesis that sensory perception gets linguistically conceptualized in terms of a directional relationship that entails the motion of a signal between stimulus and experiencer. Drawing on Finnish data, it is argued that auditory and olfactory perception are conceptualized as entailing the motion of a signal, whereas visual perception is conceptualized as the perception of a concrete entity.