Linguistic encoding of spatial orientation - use of cardinal directions in Danish dialects

Aktivitet: Tale eller præsentation - typerForedrag og mundtlige bidrag

Henrik Hovmark - Foredragsholder

The use of cardinal directions (north, south, east, west) in the linguistic encoding of spatial orientation is well-known and has been subject to thorough studies within recent years, not least by Levinson and colleagues (cf. for instance Levinson 2003, and the description of three “frames of references” in the conceptualization of space, intrinsic, absolute and relative, relating the use of cardinal directions to the absolute frame of reference; cf. also a slightly different typology by Talmy (2000.I:213), relating the use of cardinal directions to a “field-based” localizing of the figure, i.e. localizing on the basis of an “encompassive secondary reference object”). In this presentation I discuss the use of cardinal directions in Danish, especially Danish dialects. Data stem from dialectal archives and modern corpora of written and spoken language.
13 jun. 2013

Begivenhed (Konference)

TitelFourth Conference of the Scandinavian Association for Cognitive Linguistics
Forkortet titelSALC
AfholdelsesstedUniversity of Eastern Finland


  • spatial language, cognitive linguistics, frames of reference

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