Datapoint for feature 81B and language wals_code_klv

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2 Responses to “Datapoint for feature 81B and language wals_code_klv”

  1. Thomas Hart Chappell Says:

    Kilivila also is listed as having VS be its dominant order of Subject and Verb, but as having SVO and VOS as its almost-equally-dominant two “word”-orders.
    How is it that SVO is almost as dominant as VOS (occurring half to twice as often, but each of them occurring more than twice as often as any of the four other word-orders), but VS is dominant (occurring more than twice as often as SV)?
    Is it that its intransitive clauses are so much more often VS than SV?
    Or is it that VSO and OVS are so much more common than SOV and OSV in this language that they contribute, along with the VOS clauses, to overriding the SVO clauses?

  2. Matthew Dryer Says:

    The two dominant orders for transitive clauses are VOS and SVO, but VS is dominant for intransitive clauses. The chapter on Order of Subject and Verb is based on intransitive clauses.

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