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What motivates an inference?

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Abstract

The present article proposes both theoretical and empirical explanations for the semantic shift from the meaning temporal/spatial overlap to the meaning contrast/concessive, observable across genetically and geographically unrelated languages (e.g. English <i>while</i>, Japanese -<i>nagara</i>). The shift involves metonymic inference (Traugott &#38; K&#246;nig 1991). However, our three experiments show that this inference is further motivated by a temporal/spatial overlap of two situations, which largely corresponds to perceptual overlap in Langacker&#8217;s viewing arrangement. Therefore, among Radden and Panther&#8217;s (2004) language-independent factors of motivation, perceptual motivation (perceptual overlap) is more fundamental to the semantic change in question than cognitive motivation (metonymic inference).

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