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Re: Language Change

From:Patrick Dunn <tb0pwd1@...>
Date:Tuesday, January 4, 2000, 7:03
On Mon, 3 Jan 2000, Mia Soderquist wrote:

> Could someone explain some of the ways that grammar of a language > might change over time? I can see that it might gain or lose > tenses, affixes of various sorts, etc, but is word order likely > to change? All comments appreciated!
English word order changed, becoming *much* more strict as we lost our case endings. I've read mostly poetry in Old English (and word order is godawfully free in poetry -- so free you sometimes have no idea what the verb is for thirty lines), but I seem to recall that the prose word order is SOV for the most part.