[Lingtyp] Adjective word order cognitive universal
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Sun Oct 13 09:12:41 UTC 2019
Rijkhoff, Jan. 2015. Word Order. In James D. Wright (editor-in-chief), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (Second Edition), Vol. 25, 644–656. Oxford: Elsevier. ISBN: 9780080970868 + references therein
(Available in both print and online editions).
It addresses the "caveats for the existence of "adjectives" as a category" and distinguishes between the form and function of the various NP-internal modifiers.
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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 phrase.
"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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