Dynamic and Static Semantics of the English Verb in Motion Events: An Attempt at an Integrated Approach


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Year of publication 2010
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Topics in Linguistics
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Education

Web http://www.kaa.ff.ukf.sk/topics/issue6.pdf
Field Linguistics
Keywords Dynamic semantics; static semantics; FSP; motion verbs; dynamic scales
Description The Firbasian theory of functional sentence perspective (FSP) seems to have vindicated its firm place in the area of theories of information structure. Advocating a dynamic approach to the semantic analysis, FSP represents a logical counterpart of what is usually referred to as static semantics. Innovatively enough, the present paper looks at the role of the English verb acting in motion events from the point of view of both dynamic and static semantics. The authors believe that such an approach may reveal more about the functional character of the transitional verbs operating in Quality and Presentation dynamic semantic scales respectively. To be more specific, the research corpus is made up by sentences containing self-agentive locomotion verbs found within selected narrative and dialogic texts from the New Testament.

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