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‘Invisible’ spatial meaning: a text-based study of covert Path encoding in Ancient Greek

Authors
  • De Pasquale, Noemi1
  • 1 Laboratoire Dynamique Du Langage UMR 5596, CNRS, France , (France)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Folia Linguistica
Publisher
De Gruyter
Publication Date
Jun 28, 2021
Volume
55
Issue
2
Pages
485–515
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1515/flin-2021-2011
Source
De Gruyter
Keywords
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Abstract

This paper aims to explore the main constructions showing a covert encoding of Path of motion in Classical Greek (5th–4th century BC). Based on a corpus study of five texts belonging to different literary genres, it applies the theoretical frameworks and conceptual tools of contemporary linguistic approaches, such as the semantic typology of motion events and Construction Grammar, to the data from an ancient language, in order to address the non-compositional expression of Path. The results of the analysis reveal that, in addition to the overt morphosyntactic encoding of Path information, Ancient Greek resorts to more implicit patterns, in which coercion, meaning extension and inference play a crucial role. Furthermore, as opposed to traditional views on motion expression, this study shows that the encoding of spatial meaning is rarely committed to a single lexical or morphological tool within the clause, but rather it distributes across different linguistic units and results from their interaction with one another.

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