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Contrastive semantics of physical activity verbs: 'Cutting' and 'chopping' in English, Polish and Japanese

Goddard, Cliff; Wierzbicka, Anna


This study explores the contrastive lexical semantics of verbs comparable to 'cut' and 'chop' in three languages (English, Polish, and Japanese), using the natural semantic metalanguage (NSM) technique of semantic analysis. It proposes a six-part semantic template, and argues that this template can serve as a basis for a lexical typology of complex physical activity verbs in general. At the same time, it argues that language-specific aspects of the semantics are often culturally motivated. Nine...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Language Sciences
DOI: 10.1016/j.langsci.2007.10.002


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