Conformity and beneficiary meanings of Latin secundum NP: a corpus-based cognitive analysis

Caterina Guardamagna


This paper adds to a body of cognitive studies on prepositions by presenting a corpus-based diachronic study of secundum NP with meaning of conformity and beneficiary. This paper discusses the possible origin of the conformity sense coming from an expression having the meaning ‘downstream' and argues that an explanation based on the extraction of schemas from the proto-scene and force dynamics appears to be more plausible. This paper also argues that, although the beneficiary meaning is connected to the spatial meaning via a metaphorical link, force dynamics also plays a role, connecting it directly to the meaning of conformity.

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