Datapoint for feature 81B and language wals_code_tee

Discuss WALS Datapoint for feature 81B and language wals_code_tee.

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

  1. Thomas Hart Chappell Says:

    Tepehua (Huehuetla) is listed as having VS as its dominant order of Subject and Verb; and yet as having SVO and VSO (the Object-final orders) as its two dominant orders of Subject, Verb, and Object.
    Why is VS the dominant order of Subject and Verb (being more than twice as common as SV), when SVO is between half and twice as common as VSO?
    Is it because its intransitive clauses are so much more often VS that they dominant the occurrence of SVO as an almost-equally-common order for its transitive clauses?

  2. Matthew Dryer Says:

    The two dominant orders for transitive clauses are VSO 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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