Ways of Construal of a Motion Event : Go vs Walk



Year of publication 2016
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Lingvokultúrna determinácia lexiky v anglofónnom a slovenskom kontexte. Linguocultural Determination of the Lexis in the Anglophone and the Slovak Contexts
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Field Linguistics
Keywords self-agentive human locomotion; construal of motion; manner of motion; path; quantization; energy release; narrative techniques
Description The paper looks into the differences between the verbs ´go´ and ´walk´ in the construal of ´walking´. It shows that ´go´ backgrounds the movement of the feet and profiles translocation (the verb is therefore used to encode directed movement). Nevertheless, the verb is not deprived of its capacity to express quantization. ´Walk´ presents movement as broken down into a succession of quanta. It encodes translocation as a result of a specific physical activity and thus may encode directed movement as well as non-directed movement.
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