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Séminaire doctoral - Pratiques langagières - terrains, méthodes, théories
Konrad Rybka - Amsterdam Centre for Language and Communication - University of Amsterdam
Résumé Konrad Rybka : That languages have grammatical means distinguishing Places from Non-Places does not come as a surprise (cf. English referring rules with there and it). What makes a Place and how such grammatical distinctions operate are, however, questions that still need to be thoroughly investigated. In this exploratory presentation, I use data from Lokono, an Arawakan language, to show that Places and Non-Places form a continuum that even within one language can be cut up differently depending on the primary (Location, Goal, Source) and secondary (telic, atelic) directional distinctions. I use the resulting mismatching categorizations to shed light on the parameters underlying the continuum and on the link between directionality and Place/Non-Place referring nouns.