The Locus may be a part of another scene argument: part of a figure whose static orientation is described, or a focal part of a ground where contact with the figure occurs:1
Words that incorporate a kind of reference point are Locus even without an overt object:
And to around meaning ‘nearby’ or ‘in the area’:
In a phenomenon called fictive motion (Talmy, 1996), dynamic language may be used to describe static scenes. We use construal for these:
The scene establishes a static spatial arrangement of John, Mary, and the window/fence, with only metaphorical motion. Yet this is a non-prototypical Locus: it cannot be questioned with Where?, for example. Moreover, we understand from the scene that the object of the preposition is something with respect to which the viewer is navigating in order to see without obstruction. ↩
Location, condition, or value. May be abstract.