Re: Language Change
|From:||Markus Miekk-oja <torpet@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, January 6, 2000, 20:02|
> Danish is still firmly V2 (except in yes-no questions, which are
> verb-initial). Something has to go in front of V, and that something
> is very often the subject, so the unmarked order is actually SVO ---
> but if something like an adverb is fronted, you get VSO. AFAIK, it's
> similar but not quite the same in Swedish and Norwegian.
Does Danish 'push' prepositions to be sentence-final, when their object is
constituent of a sentence? That's obligatory in my dialect of Swedish,
though not in every dialect of Swedish.
I think it's nifty if you really want to get someone confused...
(oh, and this could be pushed to an extreme, yet possible change for a V2
language - pushing everything except one word to final position (so that,
"You and me are conlangers" would come out "I are conlangers you and"...not
as cool in English with (a) number/person marking(s) on verbs though :-(
I've tried that wordorder, and it seems to work with other Swedish people,
they hardly even notice, though I've never seen such a construction
-- M i e k k o