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'Changing' and 'Becoming': New Perspectives from Cross-Linguistic Cognitive Semantics

Farese, Gian Marco

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This paper examines the conceptual and semantic relation between ‘changing’ and ‘becoming’ in cross-linguistic perspective to demonstrate that: (i) the assumption that ‘becoming’ is conceptually and semantically related to ‘changing’ is invalidated in at least two cases in which the meaning of ‘becoming’ does not encompass ‘changing’; (ii) the main verbs of ‘becoming’ in different languages are highly polysemous and therefore are not cross-translatable in all contexts of use; (iii)...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorFarese, Gian Marco
dc.date.accessioned2021-01-13T23:05:56Z
dc.identifier.issn2352-6408
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/219342
dc.description.abstractThis paper examines the conceptual and semantic relation between ‘changing’ and ‘becoming’ in cross-linguistic perspective to demonstrate that: (i) the assumption that ‘becoming’ is conceptually and semantically related to ‘changing’ is invalidated in at least two cases in which the meaning of ‘becoming’ does not encompass ‘changing’; (ii) the main verbs of ‘becoming’ in different languages are highly polysemous and therefore are not cross-translatable in all contexts of use; (iii) differences in meaning reflect different conceptualizations of ‘becoming’ across languages. These results emerge from a contrastive semantic analysis between the main verbs of ‘changing’ and ‘becoming’ in English, Italian and Japanese made adopting the methodology of the Natural Semantic Metalanguage. This paper also makes a strong case for the epistemic nature of the predicative complements licensed by verbs of ‘becoming’ by showing that a semantic component ‘it is like this, I know it’ emerges consistently from crosslinguistic comparison.
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dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherBrill
dc.rights© koninklijke brill nv, leiden, 2020 
dc.sourceCognitive Semantics
dc.subjectchanging
dc.subjectbecoming
dc.subjectnaru
dc.subjectknowing
dc.subjectnsm
dc.subjectcognitive semantics
dc.title'Changing' and 'Becoming': New Perspectives from Cross-Linguistic Cognitive Semantics
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume6
dc.date.issued2020
local.identifier.absfor200408 - Linguistic Structures (incl. Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics)
local.identifier.ariespublicationa383154xPUB13859
local.publisher.urlhttps://brill.com/view/journals/cose/cose-overview.xml
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationFarese, Gian, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.description.embargo2099-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage214
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage242
local.identifier.doi10.1163/23526416-bja10009
dc.date.updated2020-11-02T04:18:19Z
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