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Here’s a linguistic puzzle: Why does “I like you” sound okay, but “Like you I” sounds weird and Yoda-ish? Well, that’s just how English rolls: subjects come first. But surprisingly, most other human languages put their subjects first, too. But why?
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Hedvig’s blog: Humans Who Read Grammars
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Final 2017 Emoji List
Reply All: #69 Disappeared (about YAAAS)
Feature 81A: Order of Subject, Object and Verb
How to Understand the Deep Structures of Language
Charades reveals a universal sentence structure
At the origin of language structure
Charades does not reveal a universal sentence structure II
Why are some word orders more common than others? A uniform information density account
Political correctness: how the right invented a phantom enemy
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