Re: Metaconlinguistic terminology et alia
|From:||Ed Heil <edheil@...>|
|Date:||Monday, July 5, 1999, 21:23|
Raymond A. Brown wrote:
> At 12:32 pm -0700 4/7/99, Sally Caves wrote:
> >Leo J. Moser wrote:
> >> do we know if PIE was SOV or SVO or .... ?
> >> ~~~~~~~~~~~~
> >I believe I've read that Indo-European was originally
> >SOV, so it stands to reason that Proto-Indo European
> >may have been also.
> That's what I've understood also, tho I have to admit I don't know the full
> evidence. Certainly in both ancient Greek & Latin there was a tendency to
> favor SOV, especially in subordinate clauses.
For a little essay on the *kind* of evidence used to claim this, and
some of its implications/uses in constructed languages, check out my
essay/ripoff of a chapter of Croft's book on universals at the