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Authors:

Kateryna Gerasymova
Katrien Beuls
Michael Spranger

Journal:

Experiments in Cultural Language Evolution

Publisher:

John Benjamins

Pages:

257–276
A Language Strategy for Aspect: Encoding Aktionsarten through Morphology

Abstract

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.