Although Turkish has one simple verb related to 'taste' tatmak 'to taste'), one of the most prominent Turkish constructions often used to lexicalize
the meaning 'to taste', but also abstract meanings, is the construction [Ntat--V].
In a language like Estonian this is morphologically transparent, as there are dedicated morphemes (-t and -le) that lexicalize
the Path head.
However, the frequency analysis that we have performed to establish its tendency to lexicalize
non-specific reading showed that the distinction between the specific and non-specific neki is approximately only 52% for the non-specific reading.
It is certainly plausible that speakers make unconscious decisions to lexicalize
frequent or otherwise prominent expressions.
The verbs lexicalize
actions involving motion and surface-contact notions.
This difference, however, may be blurred by the fact that productive classifier constructions tend to lexicalize
. As a result of this "drift towards lexicalization" (Sandier and Lillo-Martin 2006: 99) they become frozen and their original morphemic componential structure becomes opaque (for an example, see Section 6.5).
The reason is that they lexicalize
a higher amount of directional content.
Verbs that lexicalize
the primary topological relations, in the Piagetian sense, of coincidence, te 'be.at', contact and support, teke 'be.on.surface', enclosure or containment, kpe 'be.in', and propinquity, fi 'be.near'.