Liane Ströbel

Liane Ströbel: The diversity of Sensory-Motor Concepts and its implications

The diversity of Sensory-Motor Concepts and its implications

The diversity of sensory-motor concepts and its implications is highlighted in the second part of this volume: Gerard Steen divides the group of sensory-motor concepts into five subgroups, namely motor concepts, sensory concepts, sight concepts, sound concepts, location and direction concepts. Furthermore, he also points out that the different groups of sensory-motor concepts are preferred in different registers and that a complete study of sensory-motor concepts would involve a four-way interaction between sensory-motor concepts, metaphor, word class, and register. Ralf Naumannoutlines a theory of action verbs that combines an abstract, modality-independent com- ponent with a modality-specific component located in certain regions of the premotor cortex. His proposal is based on the observation that a verb like kick can be used to express diverse types of actions that differ with respect to parameters (e. g. telic vs. atelic, result vs. no result or atomic vs. iteration). Sander Lestrade addresses the question whether we should analyze “place”, a generalized location, expressing the absence of a change of location, on a par with mode expressions specifying the type of such a change, i. e. “source” and “goal”. In his paper, he discusses the status of place markers in a cross-linguistic sample of spatial-case inventories. Andrea Bellavia focuses on the connection between aspectuality and embodiment by analyzing a specific class of idiomatic constructions which systematically denote a change of location undergone by a body part at the source domain and which is metaphorically projected into the target domain denoting an event carried out in an intensive fashion. He is advancing a two- level integration model in order to display the semantic compositional representation of such idiomatic constructions.