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Kateryna Gerasymova
Lara Verheyen
Michael Spranger
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. 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.

Published/Presented: John Benjamins
Journal: Experiments in Cultural Language Evolution
Page: 257–276
Volume: 3