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The Emergence of Functions in Language$
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Zygmunt Frajzyngier and Marielle Butters

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198844297

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198844297.001.0001

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The principle of functional transparency as a motivation for the emergence of functions

The principle of functional transparency as a motivation for the emergence of functions

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(p.155) 8 The principle of functional transparency as a motivation for the emergence of functions
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The Emergence of Functions in Language
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Zygmunt Frajzyngier

Marielle Butters

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198844297.003.0008

The principle of functional transparency has two components: The first component states that the role of every constituent in the utterance must be transparent to the listener. The role of the constituents in the utterance is quite distinct from the role of the referents of the constituents in extralinguistic reality. The second component states that if a function is encoded in the grammatical system and the scope of the situation described includes the function, this function must be coded in the utterance. The Chapter demonstrates the role of the principle of functional transparency in the emergence of a functions. The discussion also includes a consideration of language contact. It is demonstrated that the same function might have emerged through language internal motivation and through language contact. The specific function whose emergence is described is the codding of an additional argument in the proposition.

Keywords:   functional transparency, additional argument marker, prepositions, language contact

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