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Title: Motivation in Language
Subtitle: Studies in honor of Günter Radden
Edited By: Hubert Cuyckens
Thomas Berg
René Dirven
Klaus-Uwe Panther
URL: http://www.benjamins.nl/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=CILT_243
Series Title: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 243

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.

Table of contents

Editors' foreword vii
Acknowledgments viv
In search of conceptual structure: Five milestones in the work of Günter Radden
René Dirven xiii
Section 1: Motivation in lexico-grammar
Extreme subjectification: English tense and modals
Ronald W. Langacker 3–26
Meaning and context
John R. Taylor 27–48
Lexical rules vs. constructions: A false dichotomy
William A. Croft 49–68
Schemas and lexical blends
Suzanne Kemmer 69–97
Valency and diathesis
Heinz Vater 99–122
To get or to be? Use and acquisition of get- versus be-passives: Evidence from children and adults
Kerstin Meints 123–150
Section 2: Motivation in the lexicon
Space and time in Polish: The preposition za and the verbal prefix za-
Elżbieta Tabakowska 153–177
Functions of the preposition kuom in Dholuo
Mechthild Reh 179–201
Grammaticalization of postpositions in German
Claudio di Meola 203–222
Metonymy in cognitive linguistics: An analysis and a few modest proposals
Antonio Barcelona 223–255
Section 3: Motivation in socio-cultural conceptualizations
How language is conceptualized and metaphorized in Japanese: An essay in language ideology
Yoshihiko Ikegami 259–271
The ever-stifling essentialism: Language and conflict in Poland (1991–1993)
Karol Janicki 273–295
Motion metaphorized in the economic domain
Olaf Jäkel 297–318
Section 4: Motivation in applied linguistics
English in the world and English in the school
Willis Edmondson and Juliane House 321–345
Attitudes towards Luganda, Kiswahili, English, and mother tongue as media of instruction in Uganda
Meike Sprenger-Tasch 347–366
Style labels in monolingual English learner’s dictionaries
Wolfgang Hünig 367–389
Name Index 391–396
Subject Index 397–403

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
Language Acquisition
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027247552
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: xxvi, 403 pp.
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ISBN: 1588114260
ISBN-13: 9781588114266
Pages: xxvi, 403 pp.
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