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

Creator/Principal investigator(s):

Carita Paradis - Lund University, Center for Language and Literature orcid

Rosario Caballero - Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Centre for Languages and Literature orcid

Description:

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 in the realm of SOUND, (ii) account for typological differences between the two 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 (including the more specific domain of sound), 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 emp

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Responsible department/unit:

Lund University, Center for Language and Literature

Creator/Principal investigator(s):

Carita Paradis - Lund University, Center for Language and Literature orcid

Rosario Caballero - Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Centre for Languages and Literature orcid

Contributor(s):

Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Centre for Languages and Literature

Identifiers:

SND-ID: SND 1159

Description:

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 in the realm of SOUND, (ii) account for typological differences between the two 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 (including the more specific domain of sound), 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 emp

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Commissioning organisation:

El Ministerio de Economía Industria and Competitividad de Espana MINECO — FFI2017-86359-P

Language resources

Resource type

Corpus

Foreseen use

Human use

Text corpus

  • Linguality

    Bilingual
  • Language

    • English (eng)

      Items: 951,903

    • Spanish (spa)

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  • Modality

    Written Language
  • Size

    Items: two pdf douments and two txt files

  • Annotation

    • Semantic Annotation

      Manual annotation

Publications

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Caballero, R. & Paradis, C. (forthcoming) Language and Cognition.

Caballero, R. & Paradis, C. (forthcoming) Langauge and Cognition

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

Suggested citation:

Carita Paradis, Rosario Caballero. Lund University, Center for Language and Literature (2020). Soundscapes in English and Spanish: a corpus investigation of verb constructions. Swedish National Data Service. Version 1.0. https://doi.org/10.5878/xr43-3155

Creator/Principal investigator(s):

Carita Paradis - Lund University, Center for Language and Literature orcid

Rosario Caballero - Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Centre for Languages and Literature orcid

Description:

Acorpus of 951,903 words (415,594 in English and 536,309 in Spanish) with narratives from three different popular genres in English and Spanish, namely fantasy (Throne of glass by Sarah Maas and El último Catón by MThrone of glass by Sarah Maas and El último Catón by Matilde Asensi), romance (Beyond sunrise by Candice Proctor and El tiempo entre costuras by María Dueñas) and thriller (The silkworm by Robert Galbraith and El verano de los juguetes rotos by Toni Hill).

Data format / data structure:

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Published: 2020-04-14