This study is part of a broader research project on temporal and spatialdeixis in the Proto-Indo-European language. Specifically, the aim of this paper isto investigate the basic motion verbs go and come in Vedic. The deictic componentof PATH has often been considered as inherent to the lexical semantics ofthese verbs cross-linguistically. However, I will show that Vedic i “go”, gā “go;come; step” and gam “go; come” express a deictically-neutral meaning of ‘movingalong a path’, which is not characterized with regard to both MANNER andPATH. Data suggest that these verbs can take on a deictic interpretation by cooccurringwith specific particles, adverbs, demonstratives, and personal pronouns.Syntactic and discourse analysis of the Rigveda shows that motion verbsoccurring in the same syntactic context are selected depending on their inherentlexical aspect (Aktionsart). Telic verbs gā and gam turn out to be intrinsicallycompatible with the entailment of arrival of the FIGURE to the GROUND, whereasthe atelic verb i is used when the prominent information is PATH rather than GOALof movement.
|Titolo della pubblicazione ospite||Categorie grammaticali e classi di parole. Statuto e riflessi metalinguistici|
|Numero di pagine||20|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2016|