Motivation in Grammar and the Lexicon
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
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
Preface | pp. vii–viii
Introduction: Reflections on motivation revisitedKlaus-Uwe Panther and Günter Radden | pp. 1–26
Part I. Motivation in grammar
Semantic motivation of the English auxiliaryRonald W. Langacker | pp. 29–48
The mind as ground: A study of the English existential constructionRong Chen | pp. 49–70
Motivating the flexibility of oriented -ly adverbsCristiano Broccias | pp. 71–88
The cognitive motivation for the use of dangling participles in EnglishNaoko Hayase | pp. 89–106
What motivates an inference? The emergence of CONTRAST/CONCESSIVE from TEMPORAL/SPATIAL OVERLAPMitsuko Narita Izutsu and Katsunobu Izutsu | pp. 107–132
The conceptual motivation of aspectTeenie Matlock | pp. 133–148
Metaphoric motivation in grammatical structure: The caused-motion construction from the perspective of the Lexical-Constructional ModelAnnalisa Baicchi | pp. 149–170
Motivation in English must and Hungarian kellPeter Pelyvas | pp. 171–190
The socio-cultural motivation of referent honorifics in Korean and JapaneseSatoshi Uehara | pp. 191–212
Part II. Motivation in the Lexicon
Conceptual motivation in adjectival semantics: Cognitive reference points revisitedElena Tribushinina | pp. 215–232
Metonymy, metaphor and the “weekend frame of mind”: Towards motivating the micro-variation in the use of one type of metonymyMario Brdar and Rita Brdar-Szabó | pp. 233–250
Intrinsic or extrinsic motivation? The implications of metaphor- and metonymy-based polysemy for transparency in the lexiconDaniela Marzo | pp. 251–268
Motivational networks: An empirically supported cognitive phenomenonBirgit Umbreit | pp. 269–286
The “meaning-full” vocabulary of English and German: An empirical study on lexical motivatabilityChristina Sanchez-Stockhammer | pp. 287–298
Name index | pp. 299–302
Subject index | pp. 303–306
“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.”
John Taylor , University of Otago
“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.”
Vyv Evans, University of Bangor
“[...] 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.”
Daniël Van Olmen, North-West University, Potchefstroom, in Functions of Language vol. 20:1 (2013)
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Main BIC Subject
CFK: Grammar, syntax
Main BISAC Subject
LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General