PublikationerI urval från Stockholms universitets publikationsdatabas
2016. Johannes Bjerva, Carl Börstell. Proceedings of the 1st Workshop on Computational Linguistics for Linguistic Complexity (CL4LC), 137-141
Computational linguistic approaches to sign languages could benefit from investigating how complexity influences structure. We investigate whether morphological complexity has an effect on the order of Verb (V) and Object (O) in Swedish Sign Language (SSL), on the basis of elicited data from five Deaf signers. We find a significant difference in the distribution of the orderings OV vs. VO, based on an analysis of morphological weight. While morphologically heavy verbs exhibit a general preference for OV, humanness seems to affect the ordering in the opposite direction, with [+human] Objects pushing towards a preference for VO.