A Grammatical View of Language Evolution

Gemma Bel-Enguix, Henning Christiansen, M. Dolores Jiménez-López

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Language evolves gradually through its use: over time, new forms come into fashion and others become obsolete. While traditionally a grammar provides a snapshot of an individual’s or a society’s linguistic competence at a given point in time, our aim is to extend grammars to incorporate competences related to evolution. This paper shows how language evolution can be modeled using Adaptable Grammars, which may be defined as logically based transformational grammars in which the grammar itself may be affected in a derivation step.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAI Methods for Interdisciplinary Research in Language and Biology : Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on AI Methods for Interdisciplinary Research in Language and Biology - BILC 2011
EditorsGemma Bel-Enguix, Veronica Dahl, Alfonso Ortega De La Puente
Place of PublicationPortugal
Publication date2011
ISBN (Print)987-989-8425-42-3
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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