Basic Word Order: Functional Principles


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This book examines the frequencies of the six possible basic word (or constituent) orders (SOV, SVO, VSO, VOS, OSV, OVS) provides a typologically grounded explanation for those frequencies in terms of three independent, functional principles of linguistic organization. From a database of nearly 1,000 languages and their basic constituent orders, a sample of 400 languages was produced that is statistically representative of both the genetic and areal distributions of the world's languages. This sample reveals the following ...

Basic Word Order: Functional Principles 2016, Routledge, London

ISBN-13: 9781138964426


Basic Word Order: Functional Principles 1986, Croom Helm, London, England

ISBN-13: 9780709924999

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