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Morphology

, Volume 27, Issue 4, pp 497–526 | Cite as

The grammaticalization cycle of the progressive

A game-theoretic analysis
  • Roland MühlenberndEmail author
  • Dankmar Enke
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Abstract

A well-attested phenomenon in morpho-semantic change is known as the progressive cycle, which depicts a directed and cyclic pathway of a grammatical progressive marker through its emergence and disappearance inside the imperfective domain. Deo (2015) offers a model within the framework of evolutionary game theory to study the evolutionary dynamics of four preselected types of progressive-imperfective grammars. Based on her basic game-theoretic model, we investigate which types of grammars would emerge from the first principles in a population of agents under reinforcement learning. In our computational model, the actual progressive-imperfective cycle can be reconstructed from such atomic interactions between learner agents after the addition of several simple assumptions to the basic game-theoretic model.

Keywords

Morpho-semantic change Progressive cycle Evolutionary dynamics Game theory Reinforcement learning 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Eberhard Karls Universität TübingenTübingenGermany
  2. 2.Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität MünchenMunichGermany

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