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Journal:

The Evolution of Language. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference (EVOLANG 7)

Publisher:

World Scientific Publishing

Pages:

346–353
The Emergence of Semantic Roles in Fluid Construction Grammar

Abstract

This paper shows how experiments on artificial language evolution can provide highly relevant results for important debates in linguistic theories. It reports on a series of experiments that investigate how semantic roles can emerge in a population of artificial embodied agents and how these agents can build a network of constructions. The experiment also includes a fully operational implementation of how event-specific participant-roles can be fused with the semantic roles of argument-structure constructions and thus contributes to the linguistic debate on how the syntax-semantics interface is organized.