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The placement of the head that minimizes online memory: a complex systems approach

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
114
Last page
137
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1163/22105832-00501007 Open in new window
Repository
http://hdl.handle.net/2117/28306 Open in new window
URL
https://brill.com/view/journals/ldc/5/1/article-p114_4.xml Open in new window
Abstract
It is well known that the length of a syntactic dependency determines its online memory cost. Thus, the problem of the placement of a head and its dependents (complements or modifiers) that minimizes online memory is equivalent to the problem of the minimum linear arrangement of a star tree. However, how that length is translated into cognitive cost is not known. This study shows that the online memory cost is minimized when the head is placed at the center, regardless of the function that trans...
Citation
Ferrer-i-Cancho, R. The placement of the head that minimizes online memory: a complex systems approach. "Language dynamics and change", 02 Març 2015, vol. 5, núm. 1, p. 114-137.
Keywords
Adaptive landscape, Head placement, Language dynamics, Language evolution, Neutrality, Word order
Group of research
LARCA - Laboratory of Relational Algorithmics, Complexity and Learnability

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