[Lingtyp] "I hide my stone in my house"

Jane Simpson jansimps at gmail.com
Thu Oct 11 21:20:41 UTC 2018

Some Australian languages show this distinction between location of object,
event and subject, which Ken Hale drew attention to.  Patrick McConvell and
I discuss this with comparisons with Finnish:

McConvell, Patrick, and Simpson, Jane. 2012. Fictive motion down under:  The
locative-allative case alternation in some Australian Indigenous languages.
In *Shall we play the Festschrift game? Essays on the occasion of Lauri
Carlson's 60th birthday*, eds. Diana Santos, Wanjiku N'gang'a and Krister
Lindén, 159-180. Heidelberg: Springer.

On Thu, Oct 11, 2018 at 10:01 PM Joo Ian <ian.joo at outlook.com> wrote:

> Dear all,
> I am interested in the following hypothesis:
> In most of the world's languages, the PP "in my house" in sentence (1) and
> (2) are the same.
> (1) My stone is in my house.
> (2) I hide my stone in my house.
> For example, in German:
> (1) Mein Stein ist "in meinem Haus".
> (2) Ich verstecke meinen Stein "in meinem Haus".
> Although there are few languages where the PP of (1) and (2) are not
> identical, such as Finnish:
> (1) Kiveni on "talossani". (Locative)
> (2) Piilotan kiveni "talooni". (Illative)
> But cases like Finnish are far fewer than English-like cases, I think.
> I think this is interesting because the PP of (1) and that of (2) are
> semantically different: the PP in (1) is a location whereas that in PP is
> the endpoint of a placement event. If I can show that the two PPs are
> morphologically identical in most of the world's languages, then I can
> suggest that placement event profiles a static location as its endpoint and
> not a dynamic goal, like Rohde has argued in her dissertation (
> https://scholarship.rice.edu/handle/1911/18015)
> Although I find this issue interesting, I would like to know if others
> find it so as well. What do you think? (Also, I would appreciate if anyone
> can let me know any other Finnish-like cases)
> From Hong Kong,
> Ian Joo
> http://ianjoo.academia.edu
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