- Thanks for your reply, Chad.
I feel exactly the way you do about the Markedness Model.
The problem with the motivation part, as you so aptly point out, is that we
simply dont know. It remains a problem.
Back to the drawing board . . .
No virus found in this outgoing message.
Checked by AVG Free Edition.
Version: 7.5.516 / Virus Database: 269.19.4/1227 - Release Date: 16/01/2008
[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
Just a thought about this discussion on "motivation" in language
alternation and "choices". I wouldn't say that language usages are all
automatic and subconscious. There are clearly cases of planned language
choice. But "motivation" is a psychological notion (such as
"accommodation") which asks about a 'Why', whereas discourse and
conversation analysts ask about a conversational 'What for'. This 'What
for' is not psychological, though, but discursive and interactional. And
whereas we can claim that the What for (the conversational "orientation" or
disposition to do this or that in terms of tasks at hand) also lies somehow
in the speaker's mind (in the speaker's cognitive context about
conversation itself, where else could it be?), one thing is to search for
it as if it resided there prior to conversation and in the form of
determining factors, and another thing is to *reach* this context and
achieve its reconstruction after having examined discourse-in-itself.
I think it's and old story, and the stance one takes depends on the
explanatory power we assign (or prefer to assign, on the basis of
specialization and other disciplinary routines) to Mind, to Discourse, or
to Society, the three elements present, for example, in Teun A. Van Dijk's
models of ideology, discourse, and context(s).
Celso Alvarez Cáccamo
At 21:05 17-01-2008 +0200, you wrote:
>Thanks for your reply, Chad.
>I feel exactly the way you do about the Markedness Model.
>The problem with the motivation part, as you so aptly point out, is that we
>simply dont know. It remains a problem.
>Back to the drawing board . . .
>No virus found in this outgoing message.
>Checked by AVG Free Edition.
>Version: 7.5.516 / Virus Database: 269.19.4/1227 - Release Date: 16/01/2008
>[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
>To Post a message: code-switching @ yahoogroups.com
>To Unsubscribe, send a blank message to:
>code-switching-unsubscribe @ yahoogroups.com
>Web page: http//groups.yahoo.com/group/code-switching
>Yahoo! Groups Links