Where Do the Senses of Cora Vaꞌa- Come From?

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Casad, Eugene H
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2001
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John Benjamins Publishing Company
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Amsterdam/Philadelphia
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Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 177
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pages 83-114
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The Cora-Huichol verb system is characterized by a complex system of locational and directional prefixes that combine with adjective and verb stems and incorporated noun roots with a dazzling array of semantic effects. These prefixes and prefix sequences are typically polysemous and have developed from a variety of grammatical sources. I examine the polysemy of the Cora locative prefix vaꞌa- , which can be glossed as “covering an area of a surface” in its static locational uses, and as “coming this way” in its directional senses. I consider its usages with both the prefixes a- “outside” and u- “inside”. No single prototype can subsume all these usages; they reflect two distinct mental models, each correlating with distinct lexical items that have merged phonologically and semantically. Both locational and directional usages derive historically from distinct main verbs, one meaning ‘to cover over an area’ and the other meaning ‘to come towards X’.
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Published
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Mexico
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Relation Text:
Polysemy in cognitive linguistics. Hubert Cuyckens and Britta Zawada, eds., Polysemy in Cognitive Linguistics. Selected papers from the International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Amsterdam, 1997. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company. 90272368
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2979