Motion Encoding in Language and Space
The volume is a collection of papers devoted to the expression of motion concepts in various languages which were written by The authors of the volume include researchers in linguistics, computer science, psychology and cognitive science.
This paper elaborates on an approach to the cross-linguistic comparison of lexical (sub)systems, which is based on the differentiation of typologically relevant semantic domains. We illustrate this approach exploring the conceptualization of motion / being in liquid medium (aqua-motion), within which four general domains (swimming, sailing, drifting and floating) are recognized. Using this distinction, we propose a typology of aqua-motion systems that distinguishes between ‘rich’, ‘poor’ and ‘middle’ systems of aqua-motion expressions depending on the lexical contrasts that the language displays.