Basic word order
- Dear friends,
I find the following interesting and probably useful to understanding
basic sentence structure.
Word order type -- Example languages
SVO "cows eat grass" -- English; Finnish; Chinese; Swahili.
SOV "cows grass eat" -- PALI; Hindi/Urdu; Turkish; Japanese; Korean.
VSO "eat cows grass" -- Classical Arabic; Welsh; Samoan.
VOS "eat grass cows" -- Malagasy (An Austronesian language of
Madagascar); Tzotzil (a Mayan language of Central America).
OSV "grass cows eat" -- Kabardian (a language of northern Caucasus).
OVS "grass eat cows" -- Hixkaryana (a Carib language of Brazil).
This is from SBS Atlas of Languages, published by ABC Books for the
Australian Broadcasting Corporation. ISBN 0-7333-1211-X