[Lingtyp] Adjective word order cognitive universal

Hedvig Skirgård hedvig.skirgard at gmail.com
Sun Oct 13 03:02:48 UTC 2019


In a recent paper on word order and cognitive universals, Alexander
Martin, Theeraporn Ratitamkul, Klaus Abels, David Adger and Jennifer
Culbertson argue that there are certain cognitive constraints when it comes
to the placement of numerals, demonstratives and adjectives in a noun

*"First, the most common orders place adjectives closest to the noun, then
numerals, then demonstratives (e.g., N-Adj-Num-Dem). Second, exceptions to
this are restricted to post-nominal position (e.g., N-Dem-Num-Adj, but not,
for instance, Adj-Num-Dem-N)."*


Is there anyone on this list that know of an example of Adj-Num-Dem-N being
the most common order in a language?

Caveats for the existence of "adjectives" as a category of course, anything
that is functionally similar enough will do. (Same for the others.)


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