Evaluating Competition-based Models of Word Order

  title={Evaluating Competition-based Models of Word Order},
  author={Frank Keller},
The ordering of constituents in semi-free word order languages has attracted considerable attention in theoretical linguistics. Three types of models have been proposed to explain word order preferences, based on (a) weighted constraints, (b) Optimality Theory (c) syntactic weight. All three models use grammatical competition to explain the interaction of word order constraints. They rely on intuitive judgments or corpus studies, but have not been evaluated against experimental data. This is… CONTINUE READING