May 292020

Crystal Chow

University of Toronto

  11 Responses to “Expressing Paths of Motion in Apurimac Quechua”

  1. 31 May 2020, 1pm

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  2. Hi Crystal, very interesting topic. It was nice to talk to you about the results. Hopefully, you will consider expanding the study in the future. Thanks.

    • Thank you, Grace! I would definitely expand the study in the future if I have the chance. It was nice talking to you!

  3. Hello Crystal! This is a very interesting study and very well presented; congratulations on being here at the CLA!! I have a few questions about the study.

    1. What motivated this study? Was it unclear how Apimurac Quechua would pattern vis à vis the two-way typology?
    2. Your study demonstrates clear s-framed goal-of-motion constructions. Talmy, and later studies, predict that S-framed languages will not only permit goal-of-motion constructions with manner verbs but other types of resultative secondary predication. You may be aware of them; they differ according to the study, but some of them are N-N compounds (worm can; peanut-butter sandwich), the double object construction (I gave Mary the book), and complex adjectival resultatives (He ran his shoes ragged; She hammered the metal flat). Does Apurimac Quechua permit any of these?
    3. What do you know about other varieties of Quechua? Do they appear to be S-framed as well?

    I’m looking forward to reading your responses!
    Thank you again for introducing this variety to us all at the conference,
    Michelle Troberg

    • Hi Professor Troberg! Thank you for your comments and questions.

      This study was done as part of our Field Methods class, where one of the consultants spoke Apurimac Quechua and the other spoke Cuzco Quechua. Since I mainly worked with the consultant who spoke Apurimac Quechua, I’m not entirely sure how other varieties of Quechua express motion. One of the main motivations for this study stems from the fact that languages usually don’t exclusively use either S- or V-framed patterns, but rather will straddle the two categories (e.g. it’s equally grammatical in English to say ‘John ran into the store’/’John entered the store running’ but the former is usually “preferred”). So, I was curious about the different ways that Apurimac Quechua might express different kinds of motion events, and the types of structures that are associated with them! For the same reasons, I didn’t conclude that the patterns in Apurimac Quechua are classified as one specific type (S-/V-/E-framed), because it might obscure the other constructions that are equally possible.

      Regarding your second question, yes, most of the sentences that I elicited seem to have S-framed patterns, except for the ones where there was no Manner verb equivalent in Apurimac Quechua. I do remember reading about some of the examples you mention, but I wasn’t able to elicit them with my consultant. If there is a chance in the future, I would definitely be interested in looking into those constructions as well. Thank you!


  4. Well done, Crystal!

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