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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 the first 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 before... -- M i e k k o