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Re: Computer syntax and VSO

From:Matthew Kehrt <mkehrt@...>
Date:Tuesday, February 17, 2004, 23:27
Are any languages OSV?  Any at all?  I use OSV for Eviendadhail, and it
seems natural to me, but is there any natlang precedence for this?



> Quoting Rob Haden <magwich78@...>: > > > I've read (though I can't remember where) that most languages with SVO word > > order are really just switching from VSO to SOV or vice-versa. This seems > > to support the thesis that VSO and SOV (that is, consistently head-first or > > head-last) are the most logical canonical word orders. > > If so, it's surprising that of the ~60% of languages which aren't SOV, two- > thirds or so are SVO. (Assuming the statistics I've seen are accurate.) > > Andreas > >


Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>