カクチケル語VOS語順の産出メカニズム:―有生性が語順の選択に与える効果を通して― [in Japanese] Mechanisms for VOS Sentence Production in Kaqchikel:Evidence from Animacy Effects on Choice of Word Order [in Japanese]
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Research on sentence production often assumes that there is a universal mechanism<br> for the sentence production. Nevertheless, languages investigated so far are typolog-<br>ically quite limited. The aim of this paper is to investigate how VOS sentences are<br> produced in Kaqchikel, a Mayan language spoken in Guatemala, examining animacy<br> effects on the choice of word order. We conducted two picture description tasks manip-<br>ulating animacy of the patient entity in the event while the agent was always human<br> being. Throughout those experiments, less VOS sentences were produced with an an-<br>imate patient than with an inanimate patient, suggesting that the similarity between<br> agent and patient, rather than the accessibility of the patient per se, affects the choice<br> of word order in Kaqchikel. Based on these results, we argue that VOS sentences are<br> produced in a way that an agent is processed first and retained in the memory until<br> the end of the sentence.
- Cognitive Studies
Cognitive Studies 22(4), 591-603, 2015
Japanese Cognitive Science Society