The Old English Exponent for the Semantic Prime MOVE*

  1. Mateo Mendaza, R. 1
  1. 1 Universidad de La Rioja

    Universidad de La Rioja

    Logroño, España


Australian Journal of Linguistics

ISSN: 0726-8602

Year of publication: 2016

Volume: 36

Issue: 4

Pages: 542-559

Type: Article

DOI: 10.1080/07268602.2016.1169976 SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-84965041845 WoS: WOS:000383408200003 GOOGLE SCHOLAR
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This journal article engages in the search for the Old English exponent of the semantic prime MOVE as described within the Natural Semantic Metalanguage (NSM) model. For the semantics of movement and motion, this study draws on the NSM model, which selects the term MOVE as the proper primitive to express the different meanings related both to translational and internal motion. With this background, this study describes the semantic and syntactic properties of the main Old English verbs related to motion in order to select the best candidate for the exponent of MOVE. The analytical part comprises the application of four criteria of prime identification, including the textual, the morphological, the semantic and the syntactic criterion. The conclusion is reached that the verb (ge)styrian is the Old English exponent for the semantic prime MOVE. © 2016 The Australian Linguistic Society.