Disambiguating Stickers. Grammatical Agreement as a Design Pattern

Katrien Beuls, P. De Causmaecker (Redacteur), J. Maervoet (Redacteur), T. Messelis (Redacteur), K. Verbeeck (Redacteur), T. Vermeulen (Redacteur)

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Many of the world's languages exhibit grammatical agreement, meaning that at least two words in a sentence match in some way. For example, the words in the Spanish utterance "las casas altas" (the tall houses) all share the same ending "-as", which indicates the grammatical gender and number features of the houses the speaker is referring to. In this paper, I will address the function of what seems to be redundant marking by presenting the results of multi-agent language games. Faced with the eco- logical need to reduce parsing effort, agents are forced to group words that belong together. This is done through morphological markers such as "-as" which unlike their Spanish counterparts do not refer to any grammatical feature but only impose a linguistic sticker onto words that form a group. I will demonstrate how such stickers can propagate in a population of software agents based on their token frequency. The interactive web demonstration that accompanies this paper can be found on: http: //arti.vub.ac.be/~katrien/disambiguating-stickers/index.xhtml.
Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)28-35
Aantal pagina's8
TijdschriftProceedings of the Benelux Conference on Artificial Intelligence
StatusPublished - 3 nov 2011
Evenement23rd Benelux Conference on Artificial Intelligence - Gent, Belgium
Duur: 3 nov 20114 nov 2011

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P. De Causmaecker, J. Maervoet, T. Messelis, K. Verbeeck, T. Vermeulen


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