The importance of minority languages in motion event typology:The case of Aragonese and Catalan

Ibarretxe-Antuñano, Iraide, Hijazo-Gascon, Alberto ORCID: and Moret-Oliver, María-Teresa (2017) The importance of minority languages in motion event typology:The case of Aragonese and Catalan. In: Motion and Space across Languages. John Benjamins. ISBN 9789027246752

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Romance languages have been classified as verb-framed languages in Talmy’s typology (1991, 2000). However, it has been argued that languages with the same genetic affiliation and/or within the same typological group do not necessarily show the same behavior when it comes to describe motion events, that is, there is intratypological variation (see Goschler and Stefanowitsch 2013). This paper examines how speakers of Aragonese and Catalan, two Romance minority languages of Aragón (Spain), talk about motion based on data from the frog story. We conclude that there is no intratypological variation with respect to Manner of motion. As expected in verb-framed languages, both languages hardly describe this component either in detail or frequently. However, as far as Path is concerned, Catalan and, especially, Aragonese, can be regarded as high-path salient languages. Speakers describe this component in detail by means of pleonastic locative adverbial structures, complete path constructions, and adverbial pronouns.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: motion events,catalan,minority languages,aragonese
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Language and Communication Studies
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Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2016 09:46
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 10:37

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