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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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Competing motivation models and diachrony: What evidence for what motivations?

Competing motivation models and diachrony: What evidence for what motivations?

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(p.282) 17 Competing motivation models and diachrony: What evidence for what motivations?
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Competing Motivations in Grammar and Usage
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Sonia Cristofaro

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198709848.003.0017

Competing motivation models are usually established on synchronic grounds. The chapter discusses several diachronic processes that give rise to patterns that have been accounted for in terms of competing motivations, such as the development of different alignment systems and that of overt, as opposed to zero marking for number. These processes challenge the relevant competing motivations models both in the sense that they provide no evidence for the principles postulated in these models, and in the sense that they do not point to a competition between different principles pertaining to the encoding of the same grammatical domain.

Keywords:   alignment, context‐induced reinterpretation, diachrony, distributional evidence grammaticalization, overt marking, plural, reanalysis, singular, zero marking

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