Article published in:Motivation in Grammar and the Lexicon
Edited by Klaus-Uwe Panther and Günter Radden
[Human Cognitive Processing 27] 2011
► pp. 269–286
An empirically supported cognitive phenomenon
The notion motivational network is proposed to describe the existence of various possibilities of motivation for a given form. As shown in questionnaire studies, this phenomenon is quite common for non-linguist native speakers. But the notion of motivational network is also justified from a cognitive perspective: in the mental lexicon, words in a word family are structured as multidirectional networks, resulting in the co-activation of all family members. Thus, the coexistence of various equally salient motivational partners should not be regarded as exceptional but rather as the default case in lexical motivation.
Published online: 29 June 2011
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