Motivation in Language

Studies in honor of Günter Radden

| University of Leuven
| University of Hamburg
| University of Duisburg-Essen
| University of Hamburg
ISBN 9789027247551 (Eur) | EUR 130.00
ISBN 9781588114266 (USA) | USD 195.00
ISBN 9789027275288 | EUR 130.00 | USD 195.00
This volume contributes to the now one-century old question, ‘Is the link between forms and meanings in language essentially arbitrary, as Saussure put it, or is it on the contrary also considerably motivated?’ The greater part of the papers (Sections 1–3) 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.
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 243]  2003.  xxvi, 403 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Editors' foreword
In search of conceptual structure: Five milestones in the work of Günter Radden
René Dirven †
Section 1: Motivation in lexico-grammar
Extreme subjectification: English tense and modals
Ronald W. Langacker
Meaning and context
John R. Taylor
Lexical rules vs. constructions: A false dichotomy
William A. Croft
Schemas and lexical blends
Suzanne Kemmer
Valency and diathesis
Heinz Vater
To get or to be? Use and acquisition of get- versus be-passives: Evidence from children and adults
Kerstin Meints
Section 2: Motivation in the lexicon
Space and time in Polish: The preposition za and the verbal prefix za-
Elżbieta Tabakowska
Functions of the preposition kuom in Dholuo
Mechthild Reh
Grammaticalization of postpositions in German
Claudio di Meola
Metonymy in cognitive linguistics: An analysis and a few modest proposals
Antonio Barcelona
Section 3: Motivation in socio-cultural conceptualizations
How language is conceptualized and metaphorized in Japanese: An essay in language ideology
Yoshihiko Ikegami
The ever-stifling essentialism: Language and conflict in Poland (1991–1993)
Karol Janicki
Motion metaphorized in the economic domain
Olaf Jäkel
Section 4: Motivation in applied linguistics
English in the world and English in the school
Willis J. Edmondson and Juliane House
Attitudes towards Luganda, Kiswahili, English, and mother tongue as media of instruction in Uganda
Meike Sprenger-Tasch
Style labels in monolingual English learner’s dictionaries
Wolfgang Hünig
Name Index
Subject Index
“[...] there is no doubt that the volume under review constitutes a major addition to the study of non-arbitrary aspects of linguistic phenomena and that it will be of interest not only for cognitive linguists but also for a wider audience of functional and typological linguists. It is well worth reading, and re-reading, because it offers a unique insight into the multifacted nature of the phenomenon of motivation.”
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