Event Representation in Language and Cognition (Language by Jürgen Bohnemeyer (editor), Eric Pederson (editor)

By Jürgen Bohnemeyer (editor), Eric Pederson (editor)

Occasion illustration in Language and Cognition examines new learn into how the brain offers with the adventure of occasions. Empirical study into the cognitive strategies concerned while humans view occasions and discuss them continues to be a tender box. The chapters through best specialists draw on facts from the outline of occasions in spoken and signed languages, first and moment language acquisition, co-speech gesture and eye activities in the course of language construction, and from non-linguistic categorization and different initiatives. The ebook highlights newly came upon proof for the way conception, suggestion, and language constrain one another within the adventure of occasions. it will likely be of specific curiosity to linguists, psychologists, and philosophers, in addition to to someone attracted to the illustration and processing of occasions.

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Just a few types will be illustrated here (a fuller account appears in Pawley 2008). It is important to note that each type represents a productive pattern. For each of the types exemplified in (7)–(10) below, the patterns are defined by the accompanying notes. Verb series denoting testing or discovering events. ’. th. g. th. ) by treading’ ‘make a trial cut’ ‘test by cracking open, break open and inspect’ Verb series denoting transfer/connection events. ’, which denotes transfer of the referent of the affected object of V1 to the recipient of V2.

The same holds for marking of the grammatical subject. Only one object NP can occur and this is shared by all transitive verbs in the SVC. Only one negator can occur. In most cases it has scope over the whole verb series, but there are some exceptions, to be discussed in section 5. That section distinguishes between two major types of SVC that differ in important ways in syntactic and semantic structure. 3 Giv´on’s experimental study of event packaging in Kalam and other languages Giv´on interpreted me as suggesting that speakers of verb-serializing languages differ fundamentally from speakers of other languages in their “cognitive segmentation” of events.

Eat-3SG-PAST he ate (the game mammals). ’ (KHT Intro, #35) (stage 4) The next example is about gathering n˜ epek herbs. Clause i contains the gathering stage, the transport stage, and the first event in the processing stage, cooking. However, the second event in this stage, eating, occurs in clause ii and the coda is given in iii. (13) i. PRIOR ‘. . sometimes they would gather and bring fresh ones (˜nepek herbs) and having cooked (them), ii. ˜ nb-l, (stage 4) iii. kn-elg-al. ’ (FPKF, #17) Narrative SVCs have a deeper constituent structure than compact SVCs.

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