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.

    本文言語English
    ページ(範囲)1209-1229
    ページ数21
    ジャーナルLanguage, Cognition and Neuroscience
    30
    9
    DOI
    出版ステータスPublished - 2015 10 21

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • 言語および言語学
    • 実験心理学および認知心理学
    • 言語学および言語
    • 認知神経科学

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