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Query:   Relative Word Order Frequencies
Author:  Frederick Newmeyer
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Syntax

Summary:   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. http://www.hd.uib.no/icame/ij18/dehaan.pdf

- fritz newmeyer

LL Issue: 12.2201
Date Posted: 07-Sep-2001
Original Query: Read original query


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