Cross-linguistic patterns of morpheme order reflect cognitive biases: paper by Carmen Saldaña

Highlights:
 • Number morphemes are typically placed closer to noun stems than case across languages. 
• We show that this order is strongly preferred by learners of an artificial language. 
• The preference holds for learners with different native languages (English and Japanese). 
• It can be influenced by a bias for adjacent dependencies, but not by morpheme frequency. 
• Results support the hypothesis that cognitive biases influence morpheme order.
 
Saldana, C., Oseki, Y., & Culbertson, J. (2021). Cross-linguistic patterns of morpheme order reflect cognitive biases: An experimental study of case and number morphology. Journal of Memory and Language, 118, 104204.
 
 

 

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