Human Information Processing Shapes Language Change

  title={Human Information Processing Shapes Language Change},
  author={Maryia Fedzechkina and Becky Chu and T. Florian Jaeger},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  pages={72 - 82}
  • Maryia Fedzechkina, Becky Chu, T. Florian Jaeger
  • Published 2018
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Psychological Science
  • Human languages exhibit both striking diversity and abstract commonalities. Whether these commonalities are shaped by potentially universal principles of human information processing has been of central interest in the language and psychological sciences. Research has identified one such abstract property in the domain of word order: Although sentence word-order preferences vary across languages, the superficially different orders result in short grammatical dependencies between words. Because… CONTINUE READING

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