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

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198709848

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198709848.001.0001

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Conflicting vs. convergent vs. interdependent motivations in morphology

Conflicting vs. convergent vs. interdependent motivations in morphology

(p.180) (p.181) 11 Conflicting vs. convergent vs. interdependent motivations in morphology
Competing Motivations in Grammar and Usage

Wolfgang U. Dressler

Gary Libben

Katharina Korecky‐Kröll

Oxford University Press

This chapter distinguishes among different types of competing motivations and discusses examples of competing motivations in morphology on its own (notably affix order and markedness vs. frequency) or in its interface either with the lexicon or with discourse (in compounding) or with phonology (in morphonotactics). It also discusses competing motivations in the context of investigations of first language acquisition and experiments on the acquisition and processing of actual vs. potential vs. illegal German plurals. It is concluded by discussing the implications of the nature of competing motivation in these different types of research for the notion of competing motivation in general and for the manner in which the resolution of conflict in language research can lead to the advancement of knowledge in linguistics and psycholinguistics.

Keywords:   conflicting motivations, convergent motivations, interdependent motivations, morphology, markedness, affix order, morphonotactics, acquisition, frequency

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