The Reflections of Mental Processes in Language: Verbs of Perception


The verbs which notify the work, action, event and state are important words in the languages. These verbs meet the physical movements as well as non-physical movements. Examples of physical movements can be given as run, walk and jump etc.; think, understand and know etc. are examples for non-physical movements. The non-physical movements are known as mental verbs. Mental verbs that don’t meet a physical movement occur with several mental processes in mind. Mental verbs are used for verbs about feeling, thinking and perception. The several processes in mind give us formation degrees of these verbs. This study has investigated the perception process that is the first of these processes and verbs of perception that occured by depending on this process in Turkish language. The senses that perceived through the five senses organs are interpreted and analyzed in mind. In a healthy body, the senses perceived by the senses, is beyond the people's will. There are also the senses willfully gained through these senses organs. For example, “John heard a noise” and “John listened to his mum”. These two verbs (hear and listen) are occur through ear organ. But their meanings are different from each other. If we approach verbs of perception in term of semantic, we can get various meanings of these verbs. In this paper, we determined verbs of perception in Turkish language, at the same time, we examined these verbs as semantic.

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Fatma Özkan Kurt, Istanbul University, Turkey

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Conference: ECLL2015
Stream: Linguistics

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