At the origin of language structure

27 agosto 2015

There are languages that place the verb between the subject and the object (SVO order–Subject/ Verb/ Object) while others place it at the end of the trio (SOV order). The order of these elements, far from being purely decorative, influences efficiency of expression. Scientists studied the mechanism that controls the transition from the SOV form, considered the «basic» order by scientists, to the SVO order while the language is evolving, demonstrating that when the computational load on the brain is lightened, humans choose more efficient systems of communication which encourage the use of more complex grammatical structures.