Ergativity and Semantic Bootstrapping

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to raise some learnability issues that arise when languages with relatively rich morphology are investigated. Specifically, I investigate whether semantic bootstrapping (e.g. Pinker 1984) can account for the acquisition of case-marking inflection in ergative and split ergative languages. This question has been debated in the… (More)

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@inproceedings{SiegelErgativityAS, title={Ergativity and Semantic Bootstrapping}, author={Laura K Siegel} }