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Agent-Based Models of Strategies for the Emergence and Evolution of Grammatical Agreement

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Grammaticalization.

Human natural language systems historically build agreement systems by reusing existing words. The form of these words then undergoes erosion by phonological reduction processes until the marker may get lost entirely. Their meaning becomes more abstract and semantic features become purely conventional rather than grounded in the meaning of the word, through coercion.

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doi: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0058960.g012