Datapoint for feature 81A and language wals_code_dyi

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  1. Josh Says:

    Well, there is a preferred or basic order according to the cited Dixon text. While it’s “remarkably free”, he comments the tendency of:
    The ergative phrase to precede the verb, and
    The nominative (absolutive) phrase to precede the ergative.

    While datives etc. follow the verb phrase.
    This is partially suggested by some of the other datapoints for Dyirbal…

    Should the basic word order not, then, be OSV?

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