Exiting Events in Spanish: Boundary I-Schema and Move X-Schema

TitleExiting Events in Spanish: Boundary I-Schema and Move X-Schema
Publication TypeTechnical Report
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsBretones, C., Cristóbal M., & Ibarretxe-Antuñano I.
Other Numbers1194

This paper analyses the structure and conceptualisation of exiting events in Spanish through the discussion of the construction salir-de, and compares it with an analogous scenario encoded in the English construction out-of. An 'exiting event' in Spanish is defined as the translational motion from a region A (the source) through a boundary. Taking the Embodied Construction Grammar (ECG) model as the theoretical framework, our focus is on the kind of mental images Spanish speakers construe it when it comes to understand this construction. Section 1 presents the main theoretical tenets of the Embodied Construction Grammar and a simplified version of their analysis of the English construction out-of. Section 2 yields a description of the construction salir-de and focuses on two schemas: the Boundary I-schema and the Move X-schema. Section 3 discusses the semantics of the landmarks that take part in this construction. Section 4 addresses more marginal cases where landmarks are portals. Finally, section 5 summarises the conclusions.

Bibliographic Notes

ICSI Technical Report TR-01-007

Abbreviated Authors

C. Bretones, M. Cristóbal, and I. Ibarretxe

ICSI Research Group


ICSI Publication Type

Technical Report