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THEORY: Left- & Rightbranching languages? (was: THEORY: Connections ...)

From:Carsten Becker <naranoieati@...>
Date:Sunday, December 5, 2004, 14:08

On Saturday 04 December 2004 23:24, Rob Haden wrote:

 > It seems to me that left-branching languages
 > would tend to prefer ergative-absolutive, while
 > right-branching languages would tend to prefer
 > nominative-accusative.

What does "leftbranching" and "rightbranching" mean? Has it
to do with whether a languages puts words after or in front
of their heads? I mean, e.g. if you put an adjective in
front of the word it refers to or after it, or if you use
rather prepositions than postpositions?


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