Linking Meaning to Language: Linguistic Universals and Variation

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dc.contributor.author Snedeker, Jesse
dc.contributor.author Hartshorne, Joshua Keiles
dc.contributor.author O'Donnell, Timothy J.
dc.contributor.author Sudo, Yasutada
dc.contributor.author Uruwashi, Miki
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-30T22:20:11Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.citation Hartshorne, Joshua Keiles, Timothy J. O'Donnell, Yasutada Sudo, Miki Uruwashi, and Jesse Snedeker. 2010. Linking meaning to language: Linguistic universals and variation. In CogSci 2010: Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society: August 11-14, 2010, Portland, Oregon, ed. Stellan Ohlsson and Richard Catrambone, 1186-1191. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 9781617388903 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:9978131
dc.description.abstract To use natural language, speakers must map the participants in events or states in the world onto grammatical roles. There remains considerable disagreement about the nature of these so-called linking rules (Levin & Rappaport Hovav, 2005). In order to probe the nature of linking rules, we investigate verbs of psychological state, which demonstrate complex linking patterns both within and between languages. We find that the typical duration of the psychological state guides the application of linking rules to novel verbs in both English and Japanese, consistent with a universal constraint. Nonetheless, there are marked differences in the baseline preferences for the individual linking rules across the two languages. We discuss these findings both in terms of theories of exceptionless linking rules and accounts on which linking rules are governed by probabilistic biases as well as cross-linguistic variation. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Psychology en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Cognitive Science Society en_US
dc.relation.isversionof http://csjarchive.cogsci.rpi.edu/Proceedings/2010/papers/0345/ en_US
dash.license OAP
dc.subject syntax en_US
dc.subject semantics en_US
dc.subject linking en_US
dc.subject UTAH en_US
dc.subject universal grammar en_US
dc.subject over-hypotheses en_US
dc.title Linking Meaning to Language: Linguistic Universals and Variation en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.description.version Author's Original en_US
dc.relation.journal CogSci 2010: Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society en_US
dash.depositing.author Snedeker, Jesse
dc.date.available 2012-11-30T22:20:11Z

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