Edited by Angeliki Athanasiadou
[Human Cognitive Processing 56] 2017
► pp. 106–124
Chapter 4. Cognitive motivation in the linguistic realization of requests in Modern Greek
The chapter attempts to account for conventionalized request realization patterns in Modern Greek and the semantic motivation behind their conventionalization in particular uses. It adheres to recent formulations within Cognitive Linguistics regarding illocutionary meaning as emerging from the co-activation of higher order cognitive structures from linguistically codified patterns and from information available in the context of the interaction. It further argues for the conceptual prominence of the optionality attribute in the request Idealized Cognitive Model, exploring the ways it is linguistically safeguarded in language use. The semantic import of optionality can be best described in terms of the proximity vs. distance to reality metaphor as effected through the grounding specifications of the proposition in Langacker’s Cognitive Grammar.