Temporal prepositions explained: Cross-linguistic analysis of English and Swedish unit of time landmarks
2014 (English)In: Cognitive Linguistic Studies, ISSN 2213-8722, E-ISSN 2213-8730, Vol. 1, no 2, 271-288 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
To what extent can factors such as the size of a unit of time landmark and zoomed in effects explain the patterns of temporal prepositions in English (Lindstromberg, 1998/2010)? How important are these factors cross-linguistically? This paper is a corpus linguistic analysis of unit of time landmarks in English, in and on instances, and in their Swedish equivalents, i and på instances.My aims are to investigate how temporal in and on relationships are construed in terms of spatial ones and to identify shared and differing patterns between these two closely related languages. Shared patterns may provide clues in regard to which factors are salient when time is construed in terms of space. Differing patterns highlight the fact that a given way of construing time in terms of space is not the only alternative. Systematicity at this level of abstraction is potentially useful for the second language (L2) learner.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2014. Vol. 1, no 2, 271-288 p.
time, space, cross-linguistic, prepositions, English, Swedish
General Language Studies and Linguistics
Research subject Linguistics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-96861DOI: 10.1075/cogls.1.2.05falOAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-96861DiVA: diva2:768783
ProjectsApplying Cognitive Linguistics to Second Language Teaching
FunderKnut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, KAW 2009.0295