Boundaries to the influence of Animates.
February 22, 2005
The talk reports on recent work in corpus analysis done at Stanford.
The studies aim at determining the weight of various factors that
influence the choice of syntactic paraphrases. More specifically I
concentrate on the influence of animacy in the dative alternation and
in left-dislocation and topicalization and discuss current models of
language production in the light of our quantitative results. The talk
will end with a short discussion of the relevance of these findings for