LINGUISTIC ADAPTATION AT WORK? THE CHANGE OF WORD ORDER AND CASE SYSTEM FROM LATIN TO THE ROMANCE LANGUAGES

@inproceedings{Bentz2010LINGUISTICAA,
  title={LINGUISTIC ADAPTATION AT WORK? THE CHANGE OF WORD ORDER AND CASE SYSTEM FROM LATIN TO THE ROMANCE LANGUAGES},
  author={Christian Bentz and Morten H. Christiansen},
  year={2010}
}
Understanding language evolution in terms of cultural transmission across generations of language users raises the possibility that some of the processes that have shaped language evolution can also be observed in historical language change. In this paper, we explore how constraints on production may affect the cultural evolution of language by analyzing the emergence of the Romance languages from Latin. Specifically, we focus on the change from Latin’s flexible but OV (Object-Verb) dominant… 

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