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Agent-Based Models of Strategies for the Emergence and Evolution of Grammatical Agreement
This article demonstrates that agreement systems are motivated by the need to minimize combinatorial search and semantic ambiguity, and shows, for the first time, that once a population of agents adopts a strategy to invent, acquire and coordinate meaningful markers through social learning, linguistic self-organization leads to the spontaneous emergence and cultural transmission of an agreement system.
A Language Strategy for Aspect: Encoding Aktionsarten through Morphology
This chapter explores a possible language strategy for verbalizing aspect: the encoding of Aktionsarten by means of morphological markers. The Russian tense-aspect system is used as a model. We first…
Comparative Analysis of Balanced Winnow and SVM in Large Scale Patent Categorization
Results show that SVM outperforms Winnow considerably on all four document representations that were tested, and effective parameter settings obtained on a small corpus can be used for training a larger corpus.
The rise of the verbal weak inflection in Germanic: An agent-based model
This paper investigates how the weak inflection could have grown to overthrow its competitor, the strong inflection, even if (i) theStrong inflection was still more regular and (ii) theWeak inflection had to start from a position vastly inferior in frequency to any strong ablaut class.
Construction Sets and Unmarked Forms: A Case Study for Hungarian Verbal Agreement
- Katrien Beuls
Construction application can be made more efficient by organizing constructions into sets and by imposing an ordering on when a construction set should be considered. This technique gives us moreover…
Diagnostics and Repairs in Fluid Construction Grammar
This paper presents a double-layered architecture for open-ended language processing, in which ‘diagnostics’ and ‘repairs’ operate on a meta-level for detecting and solving problems that may occur during habitual processing on a routine layer.
Fluid Construction Grammar: The New Kid on the Block
This demonstration shows how Fluid Construction Grammar, a fully operational and bidirectional unification-based grammar formalism, caters for this increasing demand for an explicit formal grounding for cognitive linguistics.
Building Social Media Observatories for Monitoring Online Opinion Dynamics
The article discusses the creation of (social) media observatories: platforms that enable users to capture the complexities of social behavior, in particular the alignment and misalignment of opinions, through computational analyses of digital media data.
Computational construction grammar and constructional change
After several decades in scientific purgatory, language evolution has reclaimed its place as one of the most important branches in linguistics, leading to high-profile publications in journals such…