Motivation in Grammar and the Lexicon

| University of Hamburg
| University of Hamburg
ISBN 9789027223814 | EUR 90.00 | USD 135.00
ISBN 9789027287021 | EUR 90.00 | USD 135.00
Language structure and use are largely shaped by cognitive processes such as categorizing, framing, inferencing, associative (metonymic), and analogical (metaphorical) thinking, and – mediated through cognition – by bodily experience, emotion, perception, action, social/communicative interaction, culture, and the internal ecology of the linguistic system itself. The contributors to the present volume demonstrate how these language-independent factors motivate grammar and the lexicon in a variety of languages such as English, German, French, Italian, Hungarian, Russian, Croatian, Japanese, and Korean. The volume will be of great interest to students and scholars in cognitive and functional linguistics.
[Human Cognitive Processing, 27]  2011.  vii, 306 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Introduction: Reflections on motivation revisited
Klaus-Uwe Panther and Günter Radden
Part I. Motivation in grammar
Semantic motivation of the English auxiliary
Ronald W. Langacker
The mind as ground: A study of the English existential construction
Rong Chen
Motivating the flexibility of oriented -ly adverbs
Cristiano Broccias
The cognitive motivation for the use of dangling participles in English
Naoko Hayase
What motivates an inference? The emergence of CONTRAST/CONCESSIVE from TEMPORAL/SPATIAL OVERLAP
Mitsuko Narita Izutsu and Katsunobu Izutsu
The conceptual motivation of aspect
Teenie Matlock
Metaphoric motivation in grammatical structure: The caused-motion construction from the perspective of the Lexical-Constructional Model
Annalisa Baicchi
Motivation in English must and Hungarian kell
Peter Pelyvas
The socio-cultural motivation of referent honorifics in Korean and Japanese
Satoshi Uehara
Part II. Motivation in the Lexicon
Conceptual motivation in adjectival semantics: Cognitive reference points revisited
Elena Tribushinina
Metonymy, metaphor and the “weekend frame of mind” Towards motivating the micro-variation in the use of one type of metonymy
Mario Brdar and Rita Brdar-Szabó
Intrinsic or extrinsic motivation? The implications of metaphor- and metonymy-based polysemy for transparency in the lexicon
Daniela Marzo
Motivational networks: An empirically supported cognitive phenomenon
Birgit Umbreit
The “meaning-full” vocabulary of English and German: An empirical study on lexical motivatability
Christina Sanchez-Stockhammer
Name index
Subject index
“As Ronald Langacker observes, in his contribution to this volume, it is difficult to come up with a precise and generally accepted characterization of motivation. Rather, he claims, the notion is best apprehended through detailed case studies, which examine the extent to which the structural aspects of the phenomena under discussion can be related to what are essentially non-linguistic aspects of cognition -- matters such as perception, attention, sensori-motor experience, embodiment, and cultural practices -- while still acknowledging the language-specific idiosyncrasies of usage conventions. The present volume offers just such a collection of studies. The chapters cover a wide range of topics in word structure, systems of tense, aspect, and modality, and diverse syntactic constructions, as well as processes of grammaticalization, in a number of European and East Asian languages. The collection not only offers a valuable overview of research to date, it will undoubtedly stimulate researchers to pursue the research agenda articulated by the editors in their introduction to the volume.”
“Much contemporary research in Cognitive Linguistics demonstrates the centrality of motivation as a theoretical construct in the description of natural language. Panther and Radden bring together an important collection of papers which makes a compelling case for this contention. The papers collectively demonstrate the ways in which grammar and lexicon are motivated by socio-cultural and embodied experience. This book is a landmark volume in motivation research.”
“[...] this collection of fourteen opening chapter constitute a real update of the field. It is must-read for all linguists who are working in this area and for any researcher or student who wants to familiarize him- or herself with the topic.”
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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