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... Show more..
Center for Language and Literature
Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Centre for Languages and Literature
El Ministerio de Economía Industria and Competitividad de Espana MINECO - FFI2017-86359-P
Caballero, R. & Paradis, C. (forthcoming) Language and Cognition.
Caballero, R. & Paradis, C. (forthcoming) Langauge and Cognition
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DescriptionAcorpus 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).
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