Word order

When "words" (items from the lexicon of a language) are combined to form meaningful utterances or sentences, there is nearly always a certain amount of regularity involved. Some languages have a fairly "free" word order, whereas in others the rules for word order may be fixed to a very large extent. Even in languages with so-called "free" word order there are always limitations to the amount of freedom that can be applied to the order of words in a meaningful sentence. The restrictions that exist reflect to a large extent the structural characteristics of the sentences.


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          Last updated January 4, 1999.

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