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Why are French, Italian, Spanish etc. listed as SVO languages?

In this Wikipedia article, French, Italian and Spanish are listed as SVO languages, along with English and Chinese. (However, Latin is listed as SOV.) I am highly confused...

Asked on 11/27/2020 by iBug

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Is there evidence for expletives (ie. dummy subjects) in Proto-Germanic? What can we say about the situation in IE?

I am aware that obligatory expletives did not exist in early ON and perhaps also not in early OHG, but my knowledge of the specifics is hazy. In OE at...

Asked on 11/20/2020 by potatoking

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SVO triple in case of missing S or V or O?

hi I'm new to phrase/dependency structure.For a project of mine I want to extract from any sentence a meaningful structure with 3 items i.e. triple. In general case the...

Asked on 09/04/2020 by sten

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How can you distinguish between "topic," "focalized," or just vanilla subjects?

How do you differentiate phrases which are topics, focalized, or just plain subjects? What tests can you use? I am looking at the data below-- the capitalized Hawaiian phrases have...

Asked on 08/16/2020 by Matthew Fulton

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