Languages with object before subject: a comment and a catalogue

  title={Languages with object before subject: a comment and a catalogue},
  author={Geoffrey K. Pullum},
A recent paper by F. Parker (Linguistics 18-3/4, 1980, 269-288) is predicated on the assumption that all languages have a basic order, generally exhibited in simple active declaratives, in which Subject precedes Object. Other writers seem to have made this assumption, and this is part of a general tendency on the part of linguists to play down or simply underestimate (he extent of the evidence that is available concerning languages with less frequent word orders, like VSO and the three possible… CONTINUE READING


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