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Lestrade, Sander. 2015. A case of cultural evolution. The emergence of morphological case. Linguistics in the Netherlands 15 : 105–115.
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John Benjamins


Morphological case is a cross-linguistically widespread strategy to mark the role of participants of an event. Using a computer simulation, this paper will show how case can emerge in languages that have no rules of grammar as a result of cultural evolution. For this, only very general cognitive and communicative principles are necessary.