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Re: Computer syntax and VSO

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Tuesday, February 17, 2004, 20:00
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


Matthew Kehrt <mkehrt@...>