Arie Verhagen

Arie Verhagen
Leiden University | LEI · Leiden University Centre for Linguistics

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Introduction
Arie Verhagen currently works at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics, Leiden University. Arie does research in Pragmatics, Syntax and Semantics. His current projects concern intersubjectivity, in particular the management of viewpoints in discourse.

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This paper critically examines two views on the evolution of argumentation, represented by Tomasello (2014) and Mercier and Sperber (2017). These agree that the niche for individual human reasoning is argumentation and argumentation in turn is a form of social interaction. But there are two important differences. First, Tomasello restricts the emer...
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Klooster maakt behartenswaardige opmerkingen over drie aspecten van mijn betoog, waarop ik hieronder kort zal ingaan.
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Grammatical stylistics and stylistic grammar Linguistic analyses of the function(s) of grammatical constructions can both strengthen stylistic analyses by providing these with a firm basis, and derive support from them as well, to the extent that the grammatical analysis helps explain stylistic observations. Another potentially fruitful connection...
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This paper first develops a theoretically motivated view of narrative as a special form of inferential, cooperative human communication, of the role that the past tense plays in the intersubjective coordination of narrators and readers, viz. that of ‘curtailing’ the immediate argumentative applicability of the represented situation, and of its rela...
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This paper discusses several conventional perspective operators at the lexical, grammatical, and narrative levels. When combined with each other and with particular contexts, these operators can amount to unexpected viewpoints arrangements. Traditional conceptualisations in terms of viewpoint embedding and the regular shifting from one viewpoint to...
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Coordinating different viewpoints is an essential part of human interaction. Languages have evolved conventional ways of supporting this process: many linguistic items are somehow involved in viewpoint management, ranging from morphological elements and lexical units to grammatical constructions and narrative patterns. In this paper we propose a co...
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In natural languages, two negating elements that cancel each other out (as in not impossible) are logically equivalent to the non-negated word form (in this case, possible). It has been proposed that the function of sentential double negation is to create coherence between sentences containing opposing information. Thus, not impossible is functiona...
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This poster reports on an eye-tracking study of the online processing of multi-word units, and a naive discriminative learning network (Baayen et al., 2011), built with a set of full-form representations for multi-word units. The eye-tracking data showed a clear effect of multi-word frequency, and moreover testified to the validity of the architect...
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In recent times, researchers across a variety of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences have been interested in the human ability to process embedded mindstates, also known as ‘multiple-order intentionality’ (MOI): A believes that B thinks that C intends (etc.). This task is considered increasingly cognitively demanding with every order...
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In this commentary, we focus on the linking problem Ambridge, Pine, and Lieven identify. Instead of taking a stance on the issue of universal grammar itself, we adopt an epistemological and methodological perspective on language acquisition research. We argue that the problem, linking the input to preexisting representations, constitutes just a sma...
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The representations and processes yielding the limited length and telegraphic style of language production early on in acquisition have received little attention in acquisitional modeling. In this paper, we present a model, starting with minimal linguistic representations, that incrementally builds up an inventory of increasingly long and abstract...
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Analytic causative constructions can best he described as extensions of simpler kfnds of expressions, rather than as reductions from more complex underlyinß structures. In particular, causatives of intransitive predicates (e.g. I made Mary cryj are viewed as modelled on simple two-participant clauses (like I ate the cake), and causatives of transit...
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The development of abstract schemas and productive rules in language is affected by both token and type frequencies. High token frequencies and surface similarities help to discover formal and functional commonalities between utterances and categorize them as instances of the same schema. High type frequencies and diversity help to develop slots in...
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What are the “design features” of human language that need to be explained? Starting from R. Jackendoff’s scenario for the evolution of language, we argue that it is the transitions between stages that pose the crucial challenges for accounts of the evolution of language. We review a number of formalisms for conceptualizations, sound, and the mappi...
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Language change has been described as an unintended eect of language in use(Keller 1994). In this view, change results from the way individuals use their language; the challenge is thus to explain change and its properties in terms of factors operating on the individual level, and population dynamics. An intriguing example of such a phenomenon is t...
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Dutch language users can use connective patterns to express backward causal relations. Sub-omdat patterns (omdat, ‘because1’, followed by a subordinated clause) and co-want patterns (want, ‘because2/since/for’, followed by a coordinated clause) can be used in both spoken and written Dutch. However, only in spoken Dutch, a third pattern might be use...
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Generally, construction based approaches to grammar consider constructions to be pairings of form and meaning and thus as a kind of signs, not essentially distinct from words and other lexical items. Granting this commonality, Langacker (2005) criticizes other varieties of constructional approaches for using the notion 'grammatical form', and for n...
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The “recursion-only-hypothesis”, tentatively put forward by Hauser, Chomsky & Fitch (2002) –henceforth: HCF– holds that “recursion” might be the only component of the Faculty of Language in the Narrow sense (“FLN”), with “narrow” being defined as: neither shared by other organisms, nor shared by other cognitive capacities than the faculty of langua...
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In considering the question of how the human capacity to learn and use grammar could have evolved, a great deal depends on the characterization of the nature of grammar.
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Several authors have proposed to describe the meaning and use of causality markers with reference to conceptual models of causality. If a parallel between semantic categories and conceptual categories exists, we would expect that similar conceptual models of causality are manifest across different types of linguistic constructions expressing causal...
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Let me start by saying that I very much appreciate both the effort that Hinzen and Van Lambalgen (hereafter, H&L) have put into commenting on Constructions of Intersubjectivity (hereafter, CoI), and their comments as such. It is important for all cognitive disciplines studying language that representatives from different schools of thought try to a...
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DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226702.001.0001
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In the paper, I apply the usage-based conception of linguistic (primarily: semantic) structure (Langacker 1988, 2000) to a number of structurally different phenomena and their development over time. I argue that the same mechanisms are operative in the historical development of some complex conceptual structures that are not formally complex, and o...
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n this paper we explore the possibility of analysing style in literature in a scientifically sound manner, one that may justifiably claim more than subjective validity for the analyses produced. In our view, it is especially the combination of literary and linguistic expertise that holds good prospects in this regard. After a discussion of the reas...
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This paper addresses the issue of the relationship between concessivity and causality, in the sense that these concepts can and should be construed as parallel, concessivity being in some sense a negative counterpart of causality. It is argued that in order to avoid the risk of internal contradiction and other conceptual problems, it is necessary t...
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The Dutch verbs doen (‘do’) and laten (‘let’) categorize an event as involving either direct or indirect causation, respectively. The latter means that another force than the agent's is seen as more immediately involved in bringing about the effect, and is therefore especially suited to indicate interactions between humans: i.e. mind-to-mind causat...
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Samenvatting Bepaalde soorten bijzinnen hebben in tekstanalyse-systemen een uitzonderingsstatus: in tegenstelling tot andere teilen ze niet als minimale tekstsegmenten. In deze bijdrage formuleer ik voor deze uitzonderingsstatus allereerst een principiele verklaring, die bovendien een oplossing biedt voor bepaalde descriptieve problemen. Vervolgens...
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Analytic causative constructions can best be described as extensions of simpler kinds of expressions, rather than as reductions from more complex underlying structures. In particular, causatives of intransitive predicates (e.g. I made Mary cry) are viewed as modelled on simple two-participant clauses (like I ate the cake), and causatives of transit...
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This paper examines the two major forms of passives in Dutch: with the auxiliary worden ‘to become’, and with zijn ‘to be’. In contrast to traditional approaches, it takes the view that this usage is related to other uses of the verbs (ie. passives are viewed as analyzable). This provides a natural framework for an integrated description of standar...
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A distinction is made between two types of pragmatics: the pragmatics of concrete sentence contents on the one hand, and the pragmatics of construction types on the other. The latter type is severely underdeveloped, also in work within the generative framework; despite the theoretical recognition that grammars have only a limited domain of explanat...
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Taalkunde is maatschappelijk en cultureel relevante kennis. Het boek Taalkunde voor de tweede fase van het VWO verschilt qua inhoud en doelstelling van de gangbare leergangen voor het schoolvak Nederlands. De inhoud is, anders dan in die leergangen gebruikelijk is, uitsluitend gericht op taalkunde. De belangrijkste deelgebieden daarvan worden in ee...
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Prelingually deaf children usually are retarded in the acquisition of spoken language. This leads i.a. to insufficient grammatical knowledge and therefore to difficulty in comprehensive reading. We have subjected 44 prelingually deaf and 39 Hearing children to a fest which determined in what way they were able to make use ofword-order. The subjects...
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N.a. v. Ger J. de Haan, Conditions on Rules: The proper balance between syn-tax andsemantics (proefschrift Utrecht). Publications in Language Sciences 2, Dordrecht, Foris Publications 1979, xiv + 229 blz., /33,50.

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