Language and Cognition Department, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
 by Shakila Shayan

Posture Verb Survey

Expressions of human activities and states are a rich area for cross-linguistic comparison. Some languages of the world treat human posture verbs (e.g., sit, lie, kneel) as a special class of predicates, with distinct formal properties. This survey examines lexical, semantic and grammatical patterns for posture verbs, with special reference to contrasts between “stative” (maintaining a posture), “inchoative” (adopting a posture), and “agentive” (causing something to adopt a posture) constructions. The enquiry is thematically linked to the more general questionnaire Intransitive Predicate Form Class Survey.

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Danziger, Eve. 1995. Posture verb survey. In David Wilkins (ed.), Extension of space and beyond: manual for field elicitation for the 1995 field season, 33-34. Nijmegen: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.
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Volume 1995 , filed under Event Representation.