- Title Pages
- Notes on contributors
- List of figures and tables
- List of abbreviations
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Resolving alignment conflicts: A competing motivations approach
- 3 Animate object fronting in Dutch: A production study
- 4 Patterns in competing motivations and the interaction of principles
- 5 Why move? How weight and discourse factors combine to predict relative clause extraposition in English
- 6 A statistical model of competing motivations affecting relative clause extraposition in German
- 7 Competition in argument interpretation: Evidence from the neurobiology of language
- 8 Competition all the way down: How children learn word order cues to sentence meaning
- 9 Competing motivations in children's omission of subjects? The interaction between verb finiteness and referent accessibility
- 10 Competing cues in early syntactic development
- 11 Conflicting vs. convergent vs. interdependent motivations in morphology
- 12 On system pressure competing with economic motivation
- 13 Apparently competing motivations in morphosyntactic variation
- 14 Formal vs. functional motivations for the structure of self‐repair in German
- 15 Six competing motives for repetition
- 16 Motivating competitions
- 17 Competing motivation models and diachrony: What evidence for what motivations?
- 18 Where do motivations compete?
- 19 Politeness distinctions in personal pronouns: A case study on competing motivations
- 20 <i>Or</i> constructions: Monosemy vs. polysemy
- 21 Sentence grammar vs. thetical grammar: Two competing domains?
- 22 Conclusions: Competition across time
- (p.1) 1 Introduction
- Competing Motivations in Grammar and Usage
- Oxford University Press
First, the concept of competing motivations is introduced as conflicting tendencies whose effects are detectable in grammar and in language use. Second, the basic issues involved in researching competing motivations are listed: what motivations compete? how are they manifested in synchronic structure and in the processes of language use, language acquisition, and historical change? what are possible ways in which competitions can be resolved? and what may explain the existence of competing motivations in language? Third, past research on the topic is surveyed, followed by summaries of the chapters with comments on the connections among the papers and on how the papers address the basic issues of the study of competing motivations.
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