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Reply to the commentary "Be careful when assuming the obvious", by P. Alday

Author
Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.
Type of activity
Journal article
Journal
Language dynamics and change
Date of publication
2015-01
Volume
5
Number
1
First page
147
Last page
155
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1163/22105832-00501009 Open in new window
Repository
http://hdl.handle.net/2117/28305 Open in new window
URL
https://brill.com/view/journals/ldc/5/1/article-p147_6.xml Open in new window
Abstract
Here we respond to some comments by Alday concerning headedness in linguistic theory and the validity of the assumptions of a mathematical model for word order. For brevity, we focus only on two assumptions: the unit of measurement of dependency length and the monotonicity of the cost of a dependency as a function of its length. We also revise the implicit psychological bias in Alday’s comments. Notwithstanding, Alday is indicating the path for linguistic research with his unusual concerns abo...
Citation
Ferrer-i-Cancho, R. Reply to the commentary "Be careful when assuming the obvious", by P. Alday. "Language dynamics and change", 02 Març 2015, vol. 5, núm. 1, p. 147-155.
Keywords
Clitics, Headedness, Language evolution, Principles and parameters theory, Units of measurement, Word order
Group of research
LARCA - Laboratory of Relational Algorithmics, Complexity and Learnability

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