Properties[ edit ] Subject—verb—object languages almost always place relative clauses after the nouns they modify and adverbial subordinators before the clause modified, with varieties of Chinese being notable exceptions. Although some subject—verb—object languages in West Africathe best known being Eweuse postpositions in noun phrases, the vast majority of them, such as English, have prepositions. Most subject—verb—object languages place genitives after the noun, but a significant minority, including the postpositional SVO languages of West Africa, the Hmong—Mien languagessome Sino-Tibetan languagesand European languages like Swedish, Danish, Lithuanian and Latvian have prenominal genitives  as would be expected in an SOV language. Non-European languages, usually subject—verb—object languages, have a strong tendency to place adjectivesdemonstratives and numerals after nouns that they modify, but Chinese, Vietnamese, Malaysian and Indonesian place numerals before nouns, as in English.
When a noun clause marker like "dass" or "wer" in English, "that" or "who" respectively is used, the verb appears at the end of the sentence for the word order SOV. They have a weaker but significant tendency to place demonstrative adjectives before the nouns they modify.
Relative clauses preceding the nouns to which they refer usually signals SOV word order, but the reverse does not hold: SOV languages feature prenominal and postnominal relative clauses roughly equally.
SOV languages also seem to exhibit a tendency towards using a time—manner—place ordering of adpositional phrases.
In linguistic typology one can usefully distinguish two types of SOV languages in terms of their type of marking: This type usually places adjectives and numerals before the nouns they modify and is exclusively suffixing without prefixes.
SOV languages of this first type include Japanese and Tamil. It also differs from the dependent-marking SOV language in using prefixes as well as suffixes, usually for tense and possession. Because adjectives in this type are much more verb-like than in dependent-marking SOV languages, they usually follow the nouns.
In most SOV languages with a significant level of head-marking or verb-like adjectives, numerals and related quantifiers like "all", "every" also follow the nouns they modify. Languages of this type include Navajo and Seri.
In practice, of course, the distinction between these two types is far from sharp. Many SOV languages are substantially double-marking and tend to exhibit properties intermediate between the two idealised types above.
Many languages that have shifted to SVO-word order from the original SOV retain at least to an extent the properties, for example the Finnish language high usage of postpositions etc.Learn english with free interactive flashcards.
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