Motivation in Language

Motivation in Language

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This volume contributes to the now one-century old question, a€˜Is the link between forms and meanings in language essentially arbitrary, as Saussure put it, or is it on the contrary also considerably motivated?a€™ The greater part of the papers (Sections 1a€“3) analyze linguistic phenomena in which not arbitrary, but cognitively motivated links between form and meaning play a role. As such, the contributions in Section 1 examine selected aspects of motivation in the continuum between lexicon and grammar; the contributions in Section 2 study the factors underlying the range of (semantic) variants that attach to a particular lexical item; and papers in Section 3 look at motivating factors in linguistic items situated in and conceptualizing the socio-cultural domain. A smaller set of papers in Section 4 point to the role which learner motivation and attitudinal motivation may play in applied linguistics domains.(22) a. za-mieszkaca#39; w tym domu za-live in this housezLOC a€œto begin living in this housea€ b. za-mieszkaAc ten dam ... zajqca#39; aquot;za-begin-to-do-something, to conquera€, where the stem is the perfective form of the old reflexive verb imaca#39; sie a€œto beginanbsp;...

Title:Motivation in Language
Author: Hubert Cuyckens, Thomas Berg, René Dirven, Klaus-Uwe Panther
Publisher:John Benjamins Publishing - 2003-07-17

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