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Is there a language that uses verb object subject?

Although it may seem anomalous and strange, VOS word order is a perfectly normal thing which occurs as a primary construction in several languages (se e.g. http://folk.uio.no/janengh/gassisk/WOTypM-P.pdf or just Google "Word order VOS"). Language typologists generally took and take an interest in finding out if (and often that) certain strange-looking patterns (in no way confined to word order) do occur in natural languages. My teacher on this subject was prof. Vladimir Skalicka (1909-1991) of the Charles university of Prague, an interesting personality who published his first significant work, "Zur Ungarischen Grammatik", back in 1935 but fortunately for me and other students happened to be alive and active long after most of his contemporaries went silent. Unfortunately language typology was just a minor element of my masters in Czech language and linguistics.

Ultimately we may reach a conclusion on whether all human languages are genetically related (derived from a common source) but if the necessary time depth is nowhere near the 10K year horizon which "limits" our current methods - and more like 40K or 100K years, then the ultimate answer may never be known, as with many other biological and cultural developments which leave few if any traces thereby leaving the field wide open for pure conjecture including supernatural "explanations" of the ID type.

Gunnar
(who will not try to second-guess the unfathomable ways of God)

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