A typological anomaly in some Surma languages

Authors

  • Peter Unseth

Keywords:

Surma, Proto-Surma, VSO, post-positions, typology

Abstract

This paper presents evidence that at least three languages in the Surma group (and possibly also Proto-Surma) are exceptions to the proposed typological "universal" that languages with basic VSO word order do not have post-positions [Greenberg 1963:78]. There is no attempt made here to hypothesize how this came about, only to call attention to the fact that these three languages are typologically anomalous.

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Published

1987-12-01