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Over the years, I have seen many references to SOV being 
the original or "the most common word order" in natlangs. 

So for many the "most common" or the "usual" word order 
begins with the SOV supposition. Since it differs from Eng./ 
Sp./ Rus./ Chin./ Fr./ etc., it appeals to conlangers who want 
something different. Yet if it is "most common" order can it
also be exotic?

But is SOV "the most common word order" in 
natlangs.?

I have several books by linguists that seem to document SOV. 
But I notice that the languages in the samples are often very 
minor, endangered languages. In some studies large numbers
of very related (and minor) languages/dialects get into the 
count. (Doctoral dissertations by linguists.)

Might the "original pattern" have been no pattern at all?
Look at Jiwarli.
http://www.hrelp.org/aboutus/staff/peter_austin/AustinHale.pdf

 Leo Moser 

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Subject: Re: Terminology for Sentence Structure

Why not call it the "most common" or the "usual" word order?


On Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 8:20 AM, David McCann <[log in to unmask]>
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> On Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:52:16 -0600
> Scotto Hlad <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> > Thank you for your replies everyone. My conlang Asirka is 
> > topic-prominent. My concern is the term for what could still be a 
> > preferred structure of a sentence. It's been 37 years since I 
> > studied Latin but I believe that you will most commonly see a SOV 
> > structure in a simple declarative sentence. Is there a name for this 
> > common structure? Scotto
>
> Unmarked would do — there's no "official name".
>
> Latin certainly has unmarked orders: SOV, NG, DemN, AdvAdj. An example 
> of rhetorical order would be "Nobis non satisfacit ipse Demosthenes." 
> (Cicero)
>
> I remember reading an article by a Russian linguist about his little 
> daughter's parsing of sentences. For some time after learning to use 
> case endings properly, she still ignored them in other people's 
> sentences, assuming that the first noun was the subject of the 
> sentence and the second the object.
>