|By Frans Plank ||03.08.2006, 09:49 |
|1. There is a statistically significant correlation between the order of article and noun and the order of object and verb. The direction of this correlation, however, is the opposite of what traditional assumptions might lead us to expect. If one adopts the traditional assumption that articles are modifiers of nouns and the common view that modifiers tend to precede the noun in OV languages and to follow in VO languages, then we would expect articles to precede the noun more often in OV languages than they do in VO languages. But the correlation is in the opposite direction. (M. Dryer) |
2. This universal follows from Branching Direction Theory (BDT) as discussed in Dryer 1992: 108-118.