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Functional Features in Language and SpaceInsights from Perception, Categorization, and Development$
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Laura Carlson and Emile van der Zee

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199264339

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264339.001.0001

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Path Expressions in Finnish and Swedish: The Role of Constructions

Path Expressions in Finnish and Swedish: The Role of Constructions

(p.311) 20 Path Expressions in Finnish and Swedish: The Role of Constructions
Functional Features in Language and Space


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This chapter discusses the differences in those Swedish and Finnish path expressions that include more than one instance of a preposition (or locative case) referring to goal-direction without a coordinating junction ‘and’ (e.g., John ran from home to the supermarket to the bank). It turns out that these kinds of structures are allowed both in Swedish and Finnish under certain conditions. However, the same syntactic form refers to different meanings in Swedish and Finnish. In Swedish, the consecutive ‘to’-phrases refer to a sequence of places along the path (‘first to the bank then to the supermarket’) whereas in Finnish the structure refers to places one is inside the other (‘the bank inside the supermarket’).

Keywords:   path expressions, Swedish, Finnish, construction, preposition

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