Gerasymova, K., Spranger, M. and Beuls, K. A Language Strategy for Aspect: Encoding Aktionsarten through Morphology. In Steels, L., editor, Experiments in Cultural Language Evolution, Advances in Interaction Studies (vol. 3), pages 257-276, John Benjamins. Amsterdam, 2012.

Sony CSL authors: Katrien Beuls, Kateryna Gerasymova, Michael Spranger


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 perform a first language formation experiment in which a novel system of Aktionsarten emerges and gets coordinated between the agents, driven by a need for higher expressivity.

Keywords: Russian aspect, Aktionsarten, temporal language


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@INCOLLECTION { gerasymova:12a, ADDRESS="Amsterdam", AUTHOR="Gerasymova, K. and Spranger, M. and Beuls, K.", BOOKTITLE="Experiments in Cultural Language Evolution", EDITOR="Steels, L.", PAGES="257--276", PUBLISHER="John Benjamins", SERIES="Advances in Interaction Studies", TITLE="A Language Strategy for Aspect: Encoding Aktionsarten through Morphology", VOLUME="3", YEAR="2012", }