On the Six-way Word Order Typology

  title={On the Six-way Word Order Typology},
  author={Matthew Dryer},
A number of arguments are given against the traditional word order typology based on the six types SOY, SVO, VSO, VOS, OVS, and OSV, and in favour of an alternative typology based on two binary parameters OV vs. VO and SV vs. VS. The arguments given include ones based on various advantages of collapsing VSO and VOS into a single type, the infrequency of clauses containing a noun subject and noun object, the value of isolating the more predictive parameter of OV vs. VO, and the fact that the… CONTINUE READING
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