Abstract

This article deals with the typology of the case marking of semantic core roles. The competing economy considerations of hearer (disambiguation) and speaker (minimal effort) are formalized in terms of EVOLUTIONARY GAME THEORY. It is shown that the case-marking patterns that are attested in the languages of the world are those that are evolutionarily stable for different relative weightings of speaker economy and hearer economy, given the statistical patterns of language use that were extracted from corpora of naturally occurring conversations.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1535-0665
Print ISSN
0097-8507
Pages
pp. 74-109
Launched on MUSE
2007-05-08
Open Access
No
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