Template:Language Word Order Frequency
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Template:Language Word Order Frequency
of languages
SOV "She him loves." 45% 45
Urdu, Ancient Greek, Bengali, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Persian, Sanskrit, Malayalam, Kannada
SVO "She loves him." 42% 42
Chinese, English, French, Hausa, Italian, Malay, Russian, Spanish, Thai
VSO "Loves she him." 9% 9
Biblical Hebrew, Arabic, Irish, Filipino, Tuareg-Berber, Welsh
VOS "Loves him she." 3% 3
Malagasy, Baure, Car
OVS "Him loves she." 1% 1
Apalaí, Hixkaryana, Klingon
OSV "Him she loves." 0% Warao
Frequency distribution of word order in languages surveyed by Russell S. Tomlin in 1980s[1][2]


  1. ^ Meyer, Charles F. (2010). Introducing English Linguistics International (Student ed.). Cambridge University Press.
  2. ^ Tomlin, Russell S. (1986). Basic Word Order: Functional Principles. London: Croom Helm. p. 22. ISBN 9780709924999. OCLC 13423631.

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