Is the subject-before-object preference universal? An event-related potential study in the Kaqchikel Mayan language

Daichi Yasunaga, Masataka Yano, Yoshiho Yasugi, Masatoshi Koizumi

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The processing load of sentences with different word orders in the Kaqchikel Mayan language was investigated using event-related potentials. We observed a P600 for subject-verb-object and verb-subject-object sentences as compared to verb-object-subject (VOS) sentences, suggesting that VOS order is easier to process than the other orders. This is consistent with the traditional interpretation in Mayan linguistics that the syntactically determined basic word order is VOS in Kaqchikel, as in many other Mayan languages. More importantly, the results revealed that the preference for subject-object word order in sentence comprehension observed in previous studies may not be universal; rather, processing load in sentence comprehension is greatly affected by the syntactic nature of individual languages.

元の言語英語
ページ(範囲)1209-1229
ページ数21
ジャーナルLanguage, Cognition and Neuroscience
30
発行部数9
DOI
出版物ステータス出版済み - 10 21 2015

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Evoked Potentials
Language
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comprehension
language
Linguistics
linguistics
interpretation
Mayan Languages
Subject-object-verb
Event-related Potentials
Sentence Comprehension
Syntax

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Cognitive Neuroscience

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Is the subject-before-object preference universal? An event-related potential study in the Kaqchikel Mayan language. / Yasunaga, Daichi; Yano, Masataka; Yasugi, Yoshiho; Koizumi, Masatoshi.

:: Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 巻 30, 番号 9, 21.10.2015, p. 1209-1229.

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