Competing Motivations in Grammar and Usage by Brian MacWhinney,Andrej Malchukov,Edith Moravcsik

By Brian MacWhinney,Andrej Malchukov,Edith Moravcsik

This quantity examines the conflicting components that form the content material and kind of grammatical ideas in language utilization. audio system and addressees have to cope with those ideas whilst expressing themselves and whilst attempting to understand messages. for instance, there are on-going competitions among the speaker's pursuits and the addressee's wishes, or among constraints imposed via grammar and people imposed by way of on-line processing. those competitions impact a large variety
of platforms, together with case marking, contract and be aware order, politeness types, lexical offerings, and the location of relative clauses.

Chapters within the booklet examine grammar and utilization in grownup language in addition to first and moment language acquisition, and the motivations that force old switch. a number of of the chapters search factors for the competitions concerned, in response to previous bills together with the contest version, normal Morphology, the functional-typological culture, and Optimality conception. The publication might be of curiosity to linguists from a large choice of backgrounds, quite these in
psycholinguistics, historic linguistics, philosophy of language, and language acquisition, from complex undergraduate point upwards.

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