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Understanding language specificity – causes and consequences

Brala, Marija
Understanding language specificity – causes and consequences // Psychology of Language and Communication, 6 (2002), 2; 33-46 (podatak o recenziji nije dostupan, članak, znanstveni)

Understanding language specificity – causes and consequences

Brala, Marija

Psychology of Language and Communication (1234-2238) 6 (2002), 2; 33-46

Vrsta, podvrsta i kategorija rada
Radovi u časopisima, članak, znanstveni

Ključne riječi
Crosslinguistic diversity; language universality; linguistic relativity

Departing from a crosslinguistic analysis of the 'on'-'in' range of prepositional spatial usages (Bowerman and Choi, 2001 ; Brala, 2000), in this paper we: a) try to pinpoint, i.e. describe and explain the central aspects of crosslinguistic variation in prepositional usage ; and b) propose the elements and principles identified as being at the core of crosslinguistic prepositional variation and also the main cause underlying crosslinguistic variation in general, i.e. as being among the key elements bringing about language specificity. This study revolves around two issues: 1) that of universal cognitive elements (part of the realm of language universality), understood as semantic atoms that can appear in words (semantic 'molecules') in different combinatorial patterns, and 2) the linguistic functions operating on the set of these universal elements. These linguistic functions are however seen as operating on a language specific principle, thus bringing about crosslinguistic variation. In the final part of the paper, the issues raised in it are related to Slobin's (1996) view of 'thinking for speaking' as a possible solution to the controversial problem of linguistic relativity.

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Filozofski fakultet, Rijeka

Autor s matičnim brojem:
Marija Brala Vukanović, (259544)

Uključenost u ostale bibliografske baze podataka:

  • Linguistics Abstracts
  • PsychINFO
  • Educational Research Abstracts Online (ERA)
  • CSA Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts
  • Linguistic Bibliography Online
  • ASSIA: Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts