Gradient grammar : An effect of animacy on the syntax of give in New Zealand and American English

@inproceedings{Bresnan2007GradientG,
  title={Gradient grammar : An effect of animacy on the syntax of give in New Zealand and American English},
  author={Joan Bresnan and Jennifer Hay},
  year={2007}
}
Bresnan et al. (2007) show that a statistical model can predict United States (US) English speakers’ syntactic choices with ‘give’-type verbs extremely accurately. They argue that these results are consistent with probabilistic models of grammar, which assume that grammar is quantitive, and learned from exposure to other speakers. Such a model would also predict syntactic differences across time and space which are reflected not only in the use of clear dialectal features or clear-cut changes… CONTINUE READING

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