Patterns of Imagery in Language
Analysis of the verbal prefix iz- in Croatian using the corpus-driven method of cognitive linguistics
Przemysław Brom University of Bielsko-Biała
Spatial dependencies and differences in the ways of expressing them in languages are often the subject of research into meaning. A tool that allows linguists to achieve adequate results during such research is the quantitative method based on corpus data. Such data makes it possible to analyse the occurrence of a linguistic feature in numerous usages; it gives researchers an insight into the complex nature of language. Moreover, this method enables an objective verification of the obtained results by making the operationalization of the research problem possible. This paper presents the results of an analysis based on the corpus material of the Croatian language. The subject of the analysis is the prefix iz-; the objective, however, is to specify how that prefix influences the ways of naming spatial dependencies.
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