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IJLLL 2024 Vol.10(2): 195-199
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2024.10.2.511

On Basic Word Order: The Comparative Framework, Meta-Definition and the Theoretical Motivation

Yanding Guo
Shanghai International Studies University, China
Email: 0223100577@shisu.edu.cn

Manuscript received November 2, 2023; revised December 14, 2023; accepted January 20, 2023; published April 16, 2024

Abstract—The basic word order is a core term in linguistic typology, and its different theoretical definitions have always been controversial. Firstly, this paper reviews the definitions of basic word order (and dominant order which is extremely related with basic word order) from various schools of thought and compares their definitions through the two levels of “inter-constituent” and “intra-constituent”. Secondly, a meta-definition of basic word order that does not deny or exclude other definitions are provided, namely, the basic word order is the order affect other word order(s) or the word order that holds relevance to predicting other word orders. Thirdly, this paper introduces two research approaches in the typological study of basic word order: causality-based research and correlation-based research. The former focus on the phylogenetical relation of word orders while the later focus on the statistical correlation between word orders. Depending on the different research approaches, the orientation of the definition of basic word order will also differ.

Keywords—word order typology, word order, basic word order, dominant word order


Cite:Yanding Guo, "On Basic Word Order: The Comparative Framework, Meta-Definition and the Theoretical Motivation," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 195-199, 2024.

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