New Benjamins title: Hasko/Perelmutter: New Approaches to Slavic Verbs of Motion

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New Approaches to Slavic Verbs of Motion
  Edited by Victoria Hasko and Renee Perelmutter
University of Georgia / University of Kansas

Studies in Language Companion Series 115

2010. x, 392 pp.
Hardbound 978 90 272 0582 7 / EUR 99.00 / USD 149.00

This volume unifies a wide breadth of interdisciplinary studies 
examining the expression of motion in Slavic languages. The 
contributors to the volume have joined in the discussion of Slavic 
motion talk from diachronic, typological, comparative, cognitive, and 
acquisitional perspectives with a particular focus on verbs of 
motion, the nuclei of the lexicalization patterns for encoding 
motion. Motion verbs are notorious among Slavic linguists for their 
baffling idiosyncratic behavior in their lexical, semantic, 
syntactical, and aspectual characteristics. The collaborative effort 
of this volume is aimed both at highlighting and accounting for the 
unique properties of Slavic verbs of motion and at situating Slavic 
languages within the larger framework of typological research 
investigating cross-linguistic encoding of the motion domain. Due to 
the multiplicity of approaches to the linguistic analysis the 
collection offers, it will suitably complement courses and programs 
of study focusing on Slavic linguistics as well as typology, 
diachronic and comparative linguistics, semantics, and second 
language acquisition.

Table of contents

Contributors  ix-x
Introduction. Verbs of motion in Slavic languages: Paths for exploration
Victoria Hasko and Renee Perelmutter 1-11
Part I. Diachrony of motion expressions
Chapter 1. Clause and text organization in early East Slavic with 
reference to motion and position expressions
Sarah Turner 15-45
Chapter 2. Indeterminate motion verbs are denominal
Johanna Nichols 47-65
Chapter 3. Common Slavic "indeterminate" verbs of motion were really 
manner-of-motion verbs
Stephen M. Dickey 67-109
Chapter 4. PIE inheritance and word-formational innovation in Slavic 
motion verbs in -i-
Marc L. Greenberg 111-121
Part II. Synchronic approaches to aspect
Chapter 5. Perfectives from indeterminate motion verbs in Russian
Laura A. Janda 125-139
Chapter 6. Aspects of motion: On the semantics and pragmatics of 
indeterminate aspect
Olga Kagan 141-162
Chapter 7. Verbs of motion under negation in Modern Russian
Renee Perelmutter 163-193
Part III. Typological approach to the study of Slavic verbs of motion
Chapter 8. Semantic composition of motion verbs in Russian and 
English: The case of intra-typological variability
Victoria Hasko 197-223
Chapter 9. Motion events in Polish: Lexicalization patterns and the 
description of Manner
Anetta Kopecka 225-246
Chapter 10. The importance of being a prefix: Prefixal morphology and 
the lexicalization of motion events in Serbo-Croatian
Luna Filipoviæ 247-266
Chapter 11. Variation in the encoding of endpoints of motion in Russian
Tatiana Nikitina 267-290
Chapter 12. Verbs of rotation in Russian and Polish
Ekaterina V. Rakhilina 291-316
Chapter 13. Aquamotion verbs in Slavic and Germanic: A case study in 
lexical typology
Maria Koptjevskaja-Tamm, Dagmar Divjak and Ekaterina V. Rakhilina 315-341
Chapter 14. Metaphorical walking: Russian idti as a generalized motion verb
Tore Nesset 343-359
Chapter 15. Russian verbs of motion: Second language acquisition and 
cognitive linguistics perspectives
Kira Gor, Svetlana Cook, Vera Malyushenkova and Tatyana Vdovina 361-381
Author index  383
Language index  387
Subject index  389

"This important book is a model of in-depth exploration that is much 
needed: intra-typological, diachronic, and synchronic exploration of 
contrasting ways of encoding a particular semantic domain - in this 
case the domain of motion events. The various Slavic languages 
present contrasting but related solutions to the intersection of 
motion and aspect. And, as a group, they offer alternate forms of 
satellite-framed typology, in contrast to the more heavily studied 
Germanic languages of this general type. The up-to-date and 
interdisciplinary nature of the volume makes it essential reading in 
cognitive and typological linguistics."
Dan I. Slobin, Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Linguistics, 
University of California, Berkeley
"A feast for the mind, with untold riches and variety: different 
approaches, patterns and usage, diachronic as well as synchronic, 
Slavic and not just Russian. All on a high intellectual level from 
capable scholars. Ful besy were the editors in every thing, That to 
the feste was appertinent."
Alan Timberlake, Columbia University

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