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OVS Word Order (Object-Verb-Subject)

OVS is one of the six basic types of word order found in human languages. In most sentences, a speaker of an OVS language will put the object first, the verb second, and the subject last. So while an English speaker would say "Mary likes corn," an OVS language would express the same idea with the equivalent of "Corn likes Mary."

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OVS is a very rare word order worldwide. Here is a list of Native American languages using OVS word order:

Apalai
Assurini
Bakairi
Carijona
Guarijio
Hixkaryana
Macuna
Macushi
Ona
Patamona
Pemon
Trio
Urarina

Further Reading

 Wikipedia: Object-verb-subject
 Word Order Typology
 Basic Language Structures



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