Lexicalization patterns

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This chapter surveys accounts of systematic cross-linguistic differences in the distribution of conceptual components across the constituents of clauses describing the same event. These differences are embodied in Talmy’s seminal V(erb)-framed vs. S(atellite)-framed typology, first applied to directed motion events. Subsequent work supports this typology by showing that other properties of a language cluster with its motion event description type, but also reveals that the empirical landscape is more complex than a two-way typology can capture. A fuller account requires determining the grammatical factors underpinning the typological patterns. We review current accounts which derive these patterns by attributing them to: (i) differences in properties of a language’s lexical items and generalizations concerning the structure of its lexicon and (ii) differences in compositional mechanisms. The chapter also considers Manner/Result Complementarity, a constraint on the conceptual content encoded in the basic components of a verb’s meaning, in the context of lexicalization patterns.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford handbook of event structure
Editors Robert Truswell
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford Univerisity Press
Number of pages31
ISBN (Print)9780199685318
StatePublished - 2019

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Name Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics


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