Article published in:Experiments in Cultural Language Evolution
Edited by Luc Steels
[Advances in Interaction Studies 3] 2012
► pp. 233–256
The emergence of internal agreement systems
Grammatical agreement means that two linguistic units share certain syntactic or semantic features such as gender, number or person. Agreement has a variety of grammatical functions. One of them, called internal agreement, is to signal which words are grouped together as part of the same phrase. This chapter explores how a population might self-organize such an agreement system. We argue that this happens when speakers attempt to reduce processing effort and avoid ambiguities.
Published online: 23 February 2012
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