Soundscapes in English and Spanish: A corpus investigation of verb constructions

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Soundscapes in English and Spanish : A corpus investigation of verb constructions. / Caballero , Rosario; Paradis, Carita.

I: Language and Cognition, 26.05.2020.

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T1 - Soundscapes in English and Spanish

T2 - A corpus investigation of verb constructions

AU - Caballero , Rosario

AU - Paradis, Carita

PY - 2020/5/26

Y1 - 2020/5/26

N2 - This corpus study explores how sound events are communicated in English and Spanish. The aims are to (i) contribute production data for a better understanding of the couplings of meanings and their realizations, (ii) account for typological differences between the languages, and (iii) further the theoretical discussion of how sound is conceptualized through the window of language. We found that, while there are significant differences between the languages with respect to how sound events are communicated, they are similar with respect to what domains the sound descriptions are instantiated in, namely perception, motion, manipulation, emotion-reaction, consumption, and cognition. One striking difference has to do with the conflation of sound for action, e.g., creak, squeak, and sound for motion, e.g., slam, crash. This finding supports the received view of English as a language that may lexicalize manner in those kinds of verbs, while Spanish expresses manner through qualifiers outside the verb. Moreover, both languages employ three different perspectives on the soundscapes: Producer-, Experiencer-, and Phenomenon-based. While English favours the Producer perspective, Spanish features an even distribution between Producer and Experiencer. Phenomenon-based descriptions are relatively few in both languages.

AB - This corpus study explores how sound events are communicated in English and Spanish. The aims are to (i) contribute production data for a better understanding of the couplings of meanings and their realizations, (ii) account for typological differences between the languages, and (iii) further the theoretical discussion of how sound is conceptualized through the window of language. We found that, while there are significant differences between the languages with respect to how sound events are communicated, they are similar with respect to what domains the sound descriptions are instantiated in, namely perception, motion, manipulation, emotion-reaction, consumption, and cognition. One striking difference has to do with the conflation of sound for action, e.g., creak, squeak, and sound for motion, e.g., slam, crash. This finding supports the received view of English as a language that may lexicalize manner in those kinds of verbs, while Spanish expresses manner through qualifiers outside the verb. Moreover, both languages employ three different perspectives on the soundscapes: Producer-, Experiencer-, and Phenomenon-based. While English favours the Producer perspective, Spanish features an even distribution between Producer and Experiencer. Phenomenon-based descriptions are relatively few in both languages.

KW - sensory perceptions

KW - embodiment

KW - synaesthesia,

KW - manipulatio

KW - motion

KW - lexicalization;

KW - oncept-driven

KW - hearing

KW - Cognitive Semantics

UR - https://snd.gu.se/en/catalogue/study/SND1159

U2 - 10.1017/langcog.2020.19

DO - 10.1017/langcog.2020.19

M3 - Article

JO - Language and Cognition

JF - Language and Cognition

SN - 1866-9859

ER -