Should Talmy's motion typology be expanded to visual motion? An investigation into expressions of motion, agentive motion, and visual motion in Sidaama (Sidamo)

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Abstract

This chapter addresses the question of whether or not Talmy's (1985, 1991, 2000b) motion typology should be expanded to visual motion (Matsumoto 2001, 2017; Slobin 2009; Cifuentes-Férez 2014), by examining how Sidaama (Cushitic; Ethiopia) expresses (i) self-agentive/non-agentive motion, (ii) agentive motion, and (iii) fictive motion along a visual emanation path. It shows that although this language closely follows the verb-framed pattern in expressing (i) and (ii), it does not do so in expressing (iii), as in many other verb-framed languages. A possible reason for this is that (iii) is not conceptualized as a macro-event, whereas Talmy's typology is built on expression patterns of macro-events. This study also observes that there are other types of events to which Talmy's typology does not apply, presumably for the same reason: they are not really macro-events.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBroader Perspectives on Motion Event Descriptions
EditorsYo Matsumoto, Kazuhiro Kawachi
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Pages205-234
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9789027205667
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameHuman Cognitive Processing
Volume69
ISSN (Print)1387-6724

Keywords

  • Fictive motion
  • Macro-event
  • Verb-framed language
  • Visual emanation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language

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