Chapter 5: Grammatically enhanced plats


Plats play a central role in our analyses of the implicative relations that connect the cells in a realized paradigm. We explicitly contrast a hearer-oriented plat with a speaker-oriented plat representing the same IC system; specifically, we present an analysis of the implicative relations exhibited by Sanskrit declension classes in a hearer-oriented plat, then in a speaker-oriented plat incorporating "extra" grammatical information. We introduce the characteristics of Sanskrit declension. Our initial analysis of the hearer-oriented declensional plat involves various measures of IC complexity, including the measures of IC and cell predictability introduced in Chapter 4 as well as a new measure, that of cell predictiveness.2). We propose two grammatical enhancements of the declensional plat: the enhanced, speaker-oriented plat includes information about a nominal lexeme's gender and identifies stem boundaries within an IC's distinguishers.3). We show that including this extra information diminishes the IC complexity of the Sanskrit declensional system. In particular, the inclusion of gender specifications heightens both predictability and predictiveness; information about stem delimitation heightens predictiveness but not predictability.