Motivation in Grammar and the Lexicon

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  • Editors: Klaus-Uwe Panther1, and Günter Radden1
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 2011
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027287021

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.

Subjects: Cognition and language; Syntax; Cognitive linguistics; Semantics

  • Affiliations: 1: University of Hamburg

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