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Volume 10, Issue 1
  • ISSN 1572-0373
  • E-ISSN: 1572-0381
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Abstract

The 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).
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2009-01-01
2019-10-19
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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): computational simulation , global order , local order , semantics and word order bias

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