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    Verbs of spatial semantics

    Hello there!
    I'm a postgraduate student conducting a research on verbs of spatial semantics.
    Formally speaking I should deal with verbs of juxtaposition in space. Firstly, I need to figure out what verbs I should be focused on. Could you kindly help me?What are those verbs of juxtaposition (objects|events) in space that come to your mind right away? Post several examples, please.

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    Re: Verbs of spatial semantics

    The one that comes immediately is juxtapose.

    What are you going to do with these verbs?

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    Re: Verbs of spatial semantics

    Hello jutfrank!
    My scientific advisor suggested verbs like "stretch","extend","spread". My first task is to identify verbs of juxtaposition in space and then perform a semantic analysis. Also, a cognitive analysis will be performed shortly. Currently, I'm reading a lot about these topics but its really hard to go alone.
    My basic tasks are:
    1) Identify core characteristics of these verbs in the framework of semantic types according to their semantic roles.
    2) Perform a research of these verbs in relation to the time axis.
    3) Identify basic cognitive mechanisms affecting a change in the meaning of these verbs.
    I want to stay in contact with native speakers in order to perform these tasks. Not so much essential information I can find on my research.
    So now I need to find these verbs and it is important to identify them analyzing answers from native speakers.

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    Re: Verbs of spatial semantics

    Quote Originally Posted by Hawk1911 View Post
    What are those verbs of juxtaposition (objects|events) in space that come to your mind right away? Post several examples, please.
    What comes to mind immediately is the thought that I have no real idea of what you mean by 'verbs of juxtaposition'. Do you mean a verb such as BORDER in France borders Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Monaco, which is meaningful only
    in terms of the relative positions of the countries named as subject and direct objects in that sentence? If so, then I suppose such verbs as FOLLOW, SUCCEED and PRECEDE could be thought of as verbs of both spatial and temporal juxtaposition.

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    Re: Verbs of spatial semantics

    Hello Piscean. Well, I was talking about verbs which describe objects or events coexist with each other, placed closely in space (mental or physical). The term “juxtapose” includes the word parts “juxta” (next to) and “pos” (put or place). The term literally means “to put next to.” Although there is the semantics of comparison, I consider mechanisms of meaning creation when it comes to describing the actual position of one object near the other in space. That's is why I asked to provide any other synonyms/verbs of your own.

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    Re: Verbs of spatial semantics

    Have you run your verbs through concordancers?

    https://corpus.byu.edu/coca/
    http://corpus.byu.edu/bnc/
    https://books.google.com/ngrams

    These will supply you with countless examples of real and and enable you to compare differences in usage.

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    Re: Verbs of spatial semantics

    Hello Tdol. Thank you. Any information, websites, forums will be much appreciated.

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    Re: Verbs of spatial semantics

    Quote Originally Posted by Hawk1911 View Post
    My scientific advisor suggested verbs like "stretch","extend","spread".
    What do you mean by "scientific advisor"? Your course tutor?

    I think the term 'juxtaposition' would lead many of us here to think of a relation between two objects. The verbs you mention generally describe one object. Are you sure you're on the right track?

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    #9

    Re: Verbs of spatial semantics

    Holy moly I thought it was a linguistic section. Didn't get anything useful here.

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    Re: Verbs of spatial semantics

    We can respond only on the basis of information we are given. You did not respond to our requests for clarification in posts #4 and #8. Unless you can tell us exactly what you mean by'verbs of juxtaposition in space', we are not going to get very far.

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