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Re: Language Change

From:Lars Henrik Mathiesen <thorinn@...>
Date:Thursday, January 6, 2000, 14:41
> Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2000 07:01:00 +0100 > From: Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>
> The Germanic languages had a word order similar to that still used in > modern German & Dutch, i.e. main clauses are V2 & subordinate clauses are > verb last; English & the scandinavian languages have moved toward VSO > orders in both clauses.
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. Lars Mathiesen (U of Copenhagen CS Dep) <thorinn@...> (Humour NOT marked)