Endurant vs perdurant: Ontological motivation for language variations

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Abstract

Modern ontology focuses on the shared structure of knowledge representation and sheds light on underling motivations of human conceptual structure. This paper addresses the issue of whether ontological structures are linguistically represented, and whether such conceptual underpinning of linguistic representation may motivate language variations. Integrating our recent work showing that the most fundamental endurant vs. perdurant ontological dichotomy is grammaticalized in Chinese and on comparable corpus based studies of variations of Chinese, I will explore the possibilit ENGLy that this basic conceptual dichotomy may in fact provide the motivation of changes of perspectives that underlies language variations. I will also discuss possible implication this approach has in accounting for other language changes and variations such as light verb's argument taking, incorporation, loss of case/agreement, and English -er/-ee asymmetry. In the process, the will resolve three linguistic puzzles and eventually show that the endurant/perdurant dichotomy may in fact be the conceptual basis of the hitherto undefined +N (i.e. nouny) vs. +V (i.e. verby) features prevalent in linguistics. Based on this proposal, the variations involving various types of denominalization and deverbalization can be accounted for.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 30th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, PACLIC 2016
PublisherInstitute for the Study of Language and Information
Pages15-25
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9788968174285
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Event30th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, PACLIC 2016 - Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 28 Oct 201630 Oct 2016

Conference

Conference30th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, PACLIC 2016
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of
CitySeoul
Period28/10/1630/10/16

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Information Systems

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