Continuity and discontinuity in the semantics of the Latin preposition per: a cognitive hypothesis

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Abstract

We propose a description of the semantic network of the Latin prepositional phrase per ‘through’ + Accusative in the early stage of this language. Drawing upon the insights of Cognitive Grammar, we analyze the role of the schematic import in the spread from basic to abstract meanings. Finally, we draw a map of the polysemous network of per, showing that the continuity of the different, but consistently linked, meanings does not necessarily imply the unidirectionality of the concrete-to-abstract shifts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)148-169
Number of pages22
JournalLANGUAGE TYPOLOGY AND UNIVERSALS
Volume64
Publication statusPublished - 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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