A simulation study on word order bias
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AbstractThe majority of the extant languages have one of three dominant basic word orders: SVO, SOV or VSO. Various hypotheses have been proposed to explain this word order bias, including the existence of a universal grammar, the learnability imposed by cognitive constraints, the descent of modern languages from an ancestral protolanguage, and the constraints from functional principles. We run simulations using a multi-agent computational model to study this bias. Following a local order approach, the model simulates individual language processing mechanisms in production and comprehension. The simulation results demonstrate that the semantic structures that a language encodes can constrain the global syntax, and that local syntax can help trigger bias towards the global order SOV/SVO (or VOS/OVS).
All Author(s) ListGong T, Minett JW, Wang WSY
Journal nameInteraction Studies
Volume Number10
Issue Number1
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing
Pages51 - 76
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
Keywordscomputational simulation; global order; local order; semantics; word order bias
Web of Science Subject CategoriesCommunication; COMMUNICATION; Linguistics; LINGUISTICS

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