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Verb-second ... verb-penultimate languages?

From:Jim Henry <jimhenry1973@...>
Date:Friday, April 21, 2006, 22:51
On 4/21/06, Eldin Raigmore <eldin_raigmore@...> wrote:

> AIUI (IIUC) most switch-reference systems are verb-final, yet I intend my > conlang to be verb-initial and verb-second.
Does anyone know of any verb-penultimate languages? I suppose they would be VS in intransitive sentences, SVO in transitive, and SOVA where there is a sentential adverb; maybe SOVR (source/recipient last) in ditransitive sentences? Part of me suspects this is unnatural, and yet it doesn't seem any odder w.r.t. V2 languages than OVS or OSV languages, which do exist in small numbers. -- Jim Henry


Patrick Littell <puchitao@...>