aq ‘enter’, but how, and where? Data from the Coffin Texts

Gracia Zamacona, C. (2015) aq ‘enter’, but how, and where? Data from the Coffin Texts. Antiguo Oriente, 13, pp. 41-82.

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The verb ao “enter” displays special semantic features, in valency, and Aktionsart, among the general way of expressing space with motion verbs: ao is an achievement with no prephase, and with a stative postphase, and its action is mainly performed at the limit (“access”) of the illative spatial complement. This phenomenon is shown by the use of the preposition r with sharply delimited complements, while the usual preposition for illative, m, is used with unlimited complements—respectively, objects, and substances according to Johnson and Lakoff’s terminology in their book Metaphors We Live By (1980, 30). This peculiarity constitutes an extreme case study, and reveals the relevance of a semantic approach when based upon large textual corpora (in this study, the Coffin Texts) in explaining specific morphosyntactic particularities such as the prepositions used with the illative of this verb. This approach also allows for the testing of certain significant theoretical concepts such as the cognitive schema “container,” with data from a natural language such as Ancient Egyptian.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gracia Zamacona, Dr Carlos
Authors: Gracia Zamacona, C.
College/School:University Services > Learning and Teaching Services Division
Journal Name:Antiguo Oriente
Publisher:Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, UCA

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