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Tankar kring kring: En diakron studie av prepositionsbruket vid kognitionsverb
Institutionen för svenska språket, Linnéuniversitetet.
Institutionen för språkstudier, Umeå universitet.
2017 (Swedish)In: Språk & Stil, ISSN 1101-1165, Vol. NF 27, p. 96-128Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article deals with the usage of Swedish prepositions with cognition verbs. Our main focus is on the usage of the preposition kring ‘around’. The study is done within the framework of Cognitive Linguistics, and the notions of trajectory (TR) and landmark (LM) are used to describe the relationships involved. Questions asked are 1. Has the usage of kring with cognition verbs changed over time? If so, how? and 2. Has the preposition usage with the cognition verbs filosofera ‘philosophize’, fokusera ‘focus’, forska ‘research’, fundera ‘contemplate’, reflektera ‘reflect’, resonera ‘reason’, spekulera ‘speculate’, and tänka ‘think’ changed over time? If so, how?

The study is based on news texts from the period of 1923–2012 from the Korp Corpus. Taken together, the investigated data contains 3.7 million sentences and 56 million tokens of press texts. Our results show that changes in the usages of the prepositions are specific to each verb rather than following an overall trend. Throughout the period, the verbs fokusera, fundera, reflektera, spekulera and tänka are used with prepositions that suggest that people’s thoughts (TR) are directed down towards, or into, abstract topics (LM). The verbs filosofera, forska, and resonera, on the other hand, are used with prepositions that suggest thinking (TR) around abstract topics (LM). There is an increase in the usage of kring with resonera, and a decrease in the usage of kring with fokusera.

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2017. Vol. NF 27, p. 96-128
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cognition verbs, cognitive linguistics, diachronic change, kring, mental representations, news texts, prepositions, Swedish
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-338873OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-338873DiVA, id: diva2:1173909
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