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Why might SOV be initially preferred and then lost or recovered? A theoretical framework

Author
Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.
Type of activity
Presentation of work at congresses
Name of edition
10th International Conference on the Evolution of Language
Date of publication
2014
Presentation's date
2014-04-15
Book of congress proceedings
The Evolution of language: proceedings of the 10th International Conference: EVOLANG 10: Vienna, Austria, 14-17 April 2014
First page
66
Last page
73
Publisher
World Scientific
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1142/9789814603638_0007 Open in new window
Repository
http://hdl.handle.net/2117/23571 Open in new window
URL
http://dx.doi.org/10.1142/9789814603638_0007 Open in new window
Abstract
Little is known about why SOV order is initially preferred and then discarded or recovered. Here we present a framework for understanding these and many related word order phenomena: the diversity of dominant orders, the existence of free words orders, the need of alternative word orders and word order reversions and cycles in evolution. Under that framework, word order is regarded as a multiconstraint satisfaction problem in which at least two constraints are in conflict: online memory minimiza...
Citation
Ferrer-i-Cancho, R. Why might SOV be initially preferred and then lost or recovered? A theoretical framework. A: International Conference on the Evolution of Language. "The Evolution of language: proceedings of the 10th International Conference: EVOLANG 10: Vienna, Austria, 14-17 April 2014". Viena: World Scientific, 2014, p. 66-73.
Keywords
SOV order, subject-object-verb order, word order
Group of research
LARCA - Laboratory of Relational Algorithmics, Complexity and Learnability

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