Michael Spranger

List of John Benjamins publications for which Michael Spranger plays a role.

Articles

Beuls, Katrien, Yana Knight and Michael Spranger 2019 Russian verbs of motion and their aspectual partners in Fluid Construction GrammarCase Studies in Fluid Construction Grammar: The verb phrase, Steels, Luc and Katrien Beuls (eds.), pp. 129–148 | Chapter
Russian boasts a highly complex aspectual system which can appear irregular and difficult to learn. It has recently been suggested that motion verbs, which are normally seen as exceptional in their nature, may in fact be at the core of this system, motivating aspectual behavior based on stem… read more
Beuls, Katrien, Yana Knight and Michael Spranger 2017 Russian verbs of motion and their aspectual partners in Fluid Construction GrammarVerb Phrase and Fluid Construction Grammar, Steels, Luc and Katrien Beuls (eds.), pp. 302–320 | Article
Russian boasts a highly complex aspectual system which can appear irregular and difficult to learn. It has recently been suggested that motion verbs, which are normally seen as exceptional in their nature, may in fact be at the core of this system, motivating aspectual behavior based on stem… read more
Spranger, Michael and Anthony F. Morse (eds.) 2016 Special Section: Computational and Robotics Models of Language DevelopmentInteraction Studies 17:1 | Section header
Steels, Luc, Martin Loetzsch and Michael Spranger 2016 A boy named Sue: The semiotic dynamics of naming and identityComputational Construction Grammar and Constructional Change, Beuls, Katrien and Remi van Trijp (eds.), pp. 147–169 | Article
One major lesson learned in the cognitive sciences is that even basic human cognitive capacities are extraordinarily complicated and elusive to mechanistic explanations. This is definitely the case for naming and identity. Nothing seems simpler than using a proper name to refer to a unique… read more
Gerasymova, Kateryna, Michael Spranger and Katrien Beuls 2012 A language strategy for aspect: Encoding Aktionsarten through morphologyExperiments in Cultural Language Evolution, Steels, Luc (ed.), pp. 257–276 | Article
This chapter explores a possible language strategy for verbalizing aspect: the encoding of Aktionsarten by means of morphological markers. Russian tense-aspect system is used as a model. We first operationalize this system and reconstruct the learning operators needed for acquiring it. Then we… read more
Spranger, Michael 2012 The co-evolution of basic spatial terms and categoriesExperiments in Cultural Language Evolution, Steels, Luc (ed.), pp. 111–141 | Article
This chapter studies how basic spatial categories such as left-right, front-back, far-near or north-south can emerge in a population of robotic agents in co-evolution with terms that express these categories. It introduces various language strategies and tests them first in reconstructions of… read more
Spranger, Michael and Luc Steels 2012 Emergent functional grammar for spaceExperiments in Cultural Language Evolution, Steels, Luc (ed.), pp. 207–232 | Article
This chapter explores a semantics-oriented approach to the origins of syntactic structure. It reports on preliminary experiments whereby speakers introduce hierarchical constructions and grammatical markers to express which conceptualization strategy hearers are supposed to invoke. This… read more
Steels, Luc and Michael Spranger 2012 Emergent mirror systems for body languageExperiments in Cultural Language Evolution, Steels, Luc (ed.), pp. 87–109 | Article
This chapter investigates how a vocabulary for talking about body actions can emerge in a population of grounded autonomous agents instantiated as humanoid robots. The agents play a Posture Game in which the speaker asks the hearer to take on a certain posture. The speaker either signals… read more
Spranger, Michael and Martin Loetzsch 2011 Syntactic indeterminacy and semantic ambiguity: A case study for German spatial phrasesDesign Patterns in Fluid Construction Grammar, Steels, Luc (ed.), pp. 265–298 | Article
This chapter presents an operational grammar for German spatial language, in particular German locative phrases, as a case study for processing distributed information. It investigates the complex interplay of syntactic phenomena and spatial semantics, with a specific emphasis on efficient… read more