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Word order: Quiz


Question 1: Language Universals and Linguistic Typology: ________ and Morphology - Bernard Comrie (1981) - this is the authoritative introduction to word order and related subjects.
Generative grammarSubject (grammar)SyntaxGrammar

Question 2: The latter are typically noun phrases, although some languages do not have a major word class of ________ [2][3][4][5].
NounPreposition and postpositionAdjectiveArticle (grammar)

Question 3: VSO languages tend to place modifiers after their heads, and use ________.
InfinitiveCopula (linguistics)NounPreposition and postposition

Question 4: Another method is to label the constituents in some way, for example with ________, agreement, or another marker.
Nominative caseAccusative caseGrammatical caseGenitive case

Question 5: Some, like Persian and ________, have SOV normal word order but conform less to the general tendencies of other such languages.
Old LatinVulgar LatinLatinRoman Empire

Question 6: VSO languages include Classical Arabic, the ________, and Hawaiian.
Insular Celtic languagesManx languageBrythonic languagesIrish language

Question 7: SOV is the order used by the largest number of distinct languages; languages using it include the prototypical Japanese, Mongolian, Basque, Turkish, Korean, the Indo-Aryan languages and the ________.
Uralic languagesDravidian languagesBurushaskiSino-Tibetan languages

Question 8: This tendency can then ________ to a privileged position in the sentence, the subject.
GrammaticalisationCompound verbGrammarFunction word

Question 9: In ________, word order typology refers to the study of the order of the syntactic constituents of a language, and how different languages can employ different orders.
PragmaticsSemanticsNoam ChomskyLinguistics

Question 10: Order of Subject, Object, and Verb (________) A basic overview of word order variations across languages.
Portable Document FormatHTMLOffice Open XMLOpenDocument


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