LINGUIST List 12.2201

Fri Sep 7 2001

Sum: Relative Word Order Frequencies

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  1. Frederick Newmeyer, Relative word order frequencies

Message 1: Relative word order frequencies

Date: Fri, 7 Sep 2001 16:26:13 -0700 (PDT)
From: Frederick Newmeyer <>
Subject: Relative word order frequencies

A few days ago I posted a query about published sources for relative
frequencies of word order types (SVO, passive, etc.) in English. I would
like to thank Joe Hilferty, Michaele Smith, and Marcus Callies for their
helpful responses. In fact, there are two relevant recent publications,
both downloadable from web pages:

Dick, Frederic & Jeffrey L. Elman. 2001. The Frequency of Major
 Sentence Types over Discourse Levels: A Corpus Analysis.
 (February 2001 Vol. 13, No. 1).


de Haan, Pieter and Oostdijk, Nelleke (1994), "Clause Patterns in Modern
British English: A Corpus-Based (Quantitative) Study", in ICAME Journal
18, 41-79.

- fritz newmeyer
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