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A CASE STUDY
AN EXPLANATION OF DRIFT
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adjectives adverbial American Sign Language Amharic arguments base structures cataphoric Chinese clitic complements compounds constituents constraints definite derived diachronic discussion drift Dyola English evidence example explanation fact function Givon grammar Greenberg guages Gwari Hetzron Hyman hypothesis indefinite invariant order Kapampangan knife linguistic locative Luiseno Maidu main verb Mandarin marker modal elements modifiers morphemes morphology natural languages Niger-Congo nominal noun phrase Nupe object occur order theories order-free paper pattern phonological possible post-position post-verbal postposed precede the verb predicate prepositions presentative principle pronominal pronouns Proto-Indo-European relations relative clauses representations Sahaptin Sapir semantic sentence initial position sentential positions serial verbs Sign Language SOV language SOV syntax speaker Specificity Preposition Stahlke suffix suggests syntactic change tendency tense Theo Vennemann theory tion topic transformational grammar Ulithian University unmarked unordered Vennemann verb final languages word order word order change word-order Yoruba Zhang-san