Tid: Torsdag 28 maj 2015, kl. 15:00–17:00
Plats: C307, Södra huset, Frescati

Postseminarium följer efter föredraget i institutionens pentry.

Abstract
Phylogenetic analysis of over 600 languages shows that ergative case marking is universally dispreferred diachronically. This can be explained by a robust principle in the neurophysiology of language processing, the “S/A preference”, that works independently of the affordances of specific languages, contents, or contexts. In this talk, I will review the evidence for these claims (on the basis of joint work with Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsy, Mathias Schlesewsky, Kamal Choudhary and Alena Witzlack-Makarevich), expand the scope of the principle to other effects in grammar, and propose a scenario for the evolution of the S/A preference on the basis of recent archeological and palaeontological evidence.

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