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ERIC Number: EJ1135054
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 34
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2083-5205
Affordances Perspective and Grammaticalization: Incorporation of Language, Environment and Users in the Model of Semantic Paths
Andrason, Alexander; Visser, Marianna
Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching, v5 n4 p663-696 2015
The present paper demonstrates that insights from the affordances perspective can contribute to developing a more comprehensive model of grammaticalization. The authors argue that the grammaticalization process is afforded differently depending on the values of three contributing parameters: the factor (schematized as a qualitative-quantitative map or a wave of a gram), environment (understood as the structure of the stream along which the gram travels), and actor (narrowed to certain cognitive-epistemological capacities of the users, in particular to the fact of being a native speaker). By relating grammaticalization to these three parameters and by connecting it to the theory of optimization, the proposed model offers a better approximation to realistic cases of grammaticalization: The actor and environment are overtly incorporated into the model and divergences from canonical grammaticalization paths are both tolerated and explicable.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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