Events of Motion and Talmyan Typology: Verb-framed and Satellite-framed patterns in Portuguese

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Abstract

This paper discusses the classical Talmyan proposal (Talmy, 1985, 2000) on events of motion and lexicalization patterns, which classifies languages as verb-framed and satellite-framed. The research is based on corpus data of European Portuguese (EP) and Brazilian Portuguese (BP), and focuses on COSTA
motion events, which imply movement along/ towards an area of land bordering on a water basin. It is shown that these motion patterns may be encoded by: a) denominal lexicalized verbs such as (a)beirar, margear, acostar, and b) satellite-framed patterns of the type [V + preposition + COSTA Noun], in which the noun may be instantiated by costa ‘coast’, margem ‘margin’ or beira ‘edge’. Our analysis challenges the assumption that Portuguese is a(n) (exclusively) verb-framed language by showing that while the verb framed pattern is stronger in BP, EP seems to be moving toward satellite-framing. These results indicate
different typological tendencies in the development of Portuguese as a pluricentric language.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-79
Number of pages20
JournalCognitive Semantics
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Cognitive Linguistics
  • Language Typology
  • Events of Motion
  • Talmyan Schematic Systems
  • Language Variation
  • Portuguese Language

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