Datapoint Breton / Order of Subject and Verb

Discuss WALS Datapoint Breton / Order of Subject and Verb.

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  1. Thomas Hart Chappell Says:

    WALS.info features 81, and 82; languages w inconsistencies?

    Combine feature 81A with feature 82A. You will see 13 languages with SVO for feature 81A but VS for feature 82A. Namely; Breton, Chontal Maya, Huastec, Huave (San Mateo del Mar), Iaai, Mapudungun, Mocoví, Muna, Nahuatl (Michoacán), Paumarí, Pilagá, Salinan, and Tepehua (Tlachichilco).

    Can anyone find out why these apparent inconsistencies exist? Or why they’re “only apparent” (if in fact they are only apparent)?

  2. Matthew S. Dryer Says:

    These are explained in the chapter http://wals.info/chapter/82

    As explained, the chapter on order of subject and verb is order of intransitive subject and verb. For example, Chontal Maya is SVO for transitive clauses but VS for intransitive ones.

  3. Thomas Hart Chappell Says:

    So they’re not really inconsistencies. Thank you.
    I see those paragraphs now; don’t know why I didn’t see it before.

    From “In languages in which the position of subjects in intransitive clauses differs from that in transitive clauses, the map …”
    down to “… in intransitive clauses as in transitive clauses. However, there are a number of types of languages in which it is not.”

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