Investigating Constituent Order Change With Elicited Pantomime: A Functional Account of SVO Emergence

@article{Hall2014InvestigatingCO,
  title={Investigating Constituent Order Change With Elicited Pantomime: A Functional Account of SVO Emergence},
  author={Matthew L. Hall and Victor S. Ferreira and Rachel I. Mayberry},
  journal={Cognitive science},
  year={2014},
  volume={38 5},
  pages={943-72}
}
One of the most basic functions of human language is to convey who did what to whom. In the world's languages, the order of these three constituents (subject [S], verb [V], and object [O]) is uneven, with SOV and SVO being most common. Recent experiments using experimentally elicited pantomime provide a possible explanation of the prevalence of SOV, but extant explanations for the prevalence of SVO could benefit from further empirical support. Here, we test whether SVO might emerge because (a… CONTINUE READING
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