Word order in French, Spanish and Italian:A grammaticalization account

  title={Word order in French, Spanish and Italian:A grammaticalization account},
  author={Karen Lahousse and B. Lamiroy},
This article provides a comparative analysis of word order in Spanish, French and Italian. We first consider word order in general, and show that Spanish has all types of word order except SOV (i.e. SVO, VOS, OSV, VSO and OVS), while Italian lacks SOV and VSO, and French lacks SOV, VSO and OVS. Taking a constructional view on grammaticalization and language change, we argue that the different word order patterns can be accounted for in terms of grammaticalization. We provide evidence for a… Expand
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