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Typology of associated motion


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Antoine GUILLAUME

Scientific framework and objectives

Associated motion is a relatively newly identified descriptive and comparative concept defined as a verbal grammatical category, separate from tense, aspect, mood and direction, whose function is to associate, in different ways, different kinds of translational motion to a (generally non-motion) verb event (e.g. ‘go/come/move along and then V’, ‘V and then go/come/move along’, ‘V while going/coming/moving along’, V while non-subject is going/coming/moving along, etc.). Although first described in languages of Central Australia (Koch 1984, Wilkins 1991, among others) and Western Amazonia (Guillaume 2006, 2016, among others), associated motion has recently been recognized in other parts of the world, such as Africa (Bourdin 2006, Belkadi 2015, among others) and Asia (Jacques 2013, among others. The goal of this research theme is to further explore, through descriptive and comparative studies, the nature and distribution associated motion in South American languages and in languages from other parts of the world.


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