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Re: German, English?

Postby Tikolm » Sun 23 Dec 2012 6:26 am

linguoboy wrote:
Tikolm wrote:Back on topic, I've never heard any evidence that German is SOV. The conjugated verb always comes between the subject and object; yes, non-finite verbs do come last, but those aren't counted in the word order.

According to whom?
http://german.about.com/library/weekly/aa032700a.htm
I'll let you draw your own conclusions. Most sources I've seen say that the finite verb is in second position and the nonfinite verb comes last. If you can find somebody who says that finite verbs can come last, please post a link.
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Re: German, English?

Postby Anders » Wed 02 Jan 2013 11:53 pm

Tikolm wrote:If you can find somebody who says that finite verbs can come last, please post a link.

Not a link but an explanation. In subordinate clauses (or whatever the english word for Nebensatz is) the finite verb (usually) comes at the very end:

Ich kann sehen, dass er dich sieht. 'I can see that he sees you' or with german word order 'I can see that he you sees'.

So there it is, SOV :)
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Re: German, English?

Postby Tikolm » Thu 03 Jan 2013 6:53 pm

I rest my case.
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