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Cross-Linguistic Variation and Efficiency$
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John A. Hawkins

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199664993

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664993.001.0001

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Ten differences between VO and OV languages

Ten differences between VO and OV languages

(p.136) 7 Ten differences between VO and OV languages
Cross-Linguistic Variation and Efficiency

John A. Hawkins

Oxford University Press

This chapter gives the first general typology of verb position and its correlating properties and argues that efficiency can explain the correlations. These properties include mirror-image head orderings (head-initial vs head-final), more ‘argument differentiation’ and ‘predicate frame differentiation’ in OV languages, consistent NRel orders in VO languages and inconsistency in OV, consistent complementizer-initial orders but inconsistent orders and fewer complementizers in OV, fewer separate words constructing phrasal nodes and more affixes in OV languages, shorter and less complex left-branching structures in OV compared with right-branching in VO languages, inconsistent orderings for oblique phrases in OV compared with VOX, and less wh-fronting and verb fronting in OV languages.

Keywords:   affixes, argument differentiation, complementizer orders, OV languages, predicate frame differentiation, relative clause types, VO languages, wh-fronting

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