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Book chapter

Verbs of aquamotion: semantic domains and lexical systems

P. 67-83.

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.

In book

Edited by: M. Vulchanova, E. van der Zee. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.