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Overview page. Subjects: Social Sciences — Arts and Humanities.

Many sociological and anthropological definitions exist, but most tend to privilege some combination of small-scale, relative boundedness, strong affective ties, traditionalism, and...

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Conclusions: Competition across time

Brian MacWhinney.

in Competing Motivations in Grammar and Usage

October 2014; p ublished online January 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: Semantics; Psycholinguistics. 11244 words.

Like other biological systems, language emerges as a product of competing motivations that interact at the moment of speaking. These many different motivations are each linked to different...

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Personhood constructs in language and thought

Carsten Levisen.

in The Semantics of Nouns

May 2017; p ublished online June 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Semantics; Psycholinguistics. 9878 words.

This chapter analyses personhood constructs, a particular type of noun whose meanings conceptualize invisible parts of a person. The meaning of personhood constructs originates in cultural...

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