The Segmentation and Representation of Translocative Motion Events in English and Chinese Discourse

A Contrastive Study
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This book provides a systematic, contrastive analysis of the segmentation and representation of English and Chinese Translocative Motion Events (TMEs), which possess Macro-Event Property (MEP). It addresses all the issues critical to understanding TMEs in English and Chinese, from event segmentation, MEP principles and the conceptual structure of TMEs and their constituents, to the representation of Actant, Motion, Path and Ground. The book argues that the corpus-based alignment for the TME segmentation in both languages, the parameters of Actant, Motion, Path and Ground and their relevant statistical description are particularly important for understanding English and Chinese TMEs. The linguistic materialization of Actant, Ground, Path and Motion, together with a wealth of tables and figures, offers convincing evidence to support the typological classification of English and Chinese. The book’s suggestions regarding the Talmyan bipartite typology and Bohnemeyer’s MEP contribute to the advancement of TME studies and language typology, and help learners to understand motion events and English-Chinese typological similarities and differences.

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ISBN 9789813340398
Ausgabe 1st ed. 2021
Erscheinungsdatum 03.12.2021
Umfang 190 Seiten
Genre Sprachwissenschaft, Literaturwissenschaft/Allgemeine und Vergleichende Sprachwissenschaft
Format Taschenbuch
Verlag Springer Singapore
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