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Wtórne znaczenia wyrazów percepcyjnych zmysłowych (zmysł powonienia, dotyku i smaku) – próba rekonesansu
Secondary Meanings of Sensory Words (Olfactory, Tactile and Gustatory) – Preliminaries

Author(s): Agnieszka Piotrowska
Subject(s): Theoretical Linguistics, Applied Linguistics
Published by: Wydział Polonistyki Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: perception; touch; smell; taste; primary meaning; secondary meaning

Summary/Abstract: In this paper we discuss the secondary meanings of various verbs that are related to three senses: touch, smell and taste. We present a detiled review of the topic in versatile languages, mainly but by no means solely indoeuropean, and discuss the issue from the perspective of Polish language. Large number of secondary meanings of verbs that describe the three senses addressed in this paper is, in the majority of considered languages, basically the same. This suggest that similar semantic processes occure in such different languages as Aborigenal, Papuan, Bask, Polish, English or Spanish. As many of that laguages are not related with the others, and have no common acestors known, the only explanation of found similarities have to be based on biology, and perceptual and sensitive processes that are responsible for the similarities are probably common to all humans.

  • Issue Year: 2019
  • Issue No: 73
  • Page Range: 521-543
  • Page Count: 23
  • Language: Polish