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Article: A simulation study on word order bias

TitleA simulation study on word order bias
Authors
KeywordsComputational simulation
Global order
Local order
Semantics
Word order bias
Issue Date2009
Citation
Interaction Studies, 2009, v. 10 n. 1, p. 51-76 How to Cite?
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). © John Benjamins Publishing Company.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/167000
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2015 Impact Factor: 0.535
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.299
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dc.contributor.authorMinett, JWen_HK
dc.contributor.authorWang, WSYen_HK
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dc.date.issued2009en_HK
dc.identifier.citationInteraction Studies, 2009, v. 10 n. 1, p. 51-76en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1572-0373en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/167000-
dc.description.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). © John Benjamins Publishing Company.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.relation.ispartofInteraction Studiesen_HK
dc.subjectComputational simulationen_HK
dc.subjectGlobal orderen_HK
dc.subjectLocal orderen_HK
dc.subjectSemanticsen_HK
dc.subjectWord order biasen_HK
dc.titleA simulation study on word order biasen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailGong, T: tgong@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1075/is.10.1.04gonen_HK
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