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VSO Word Order (Verb-Subject-Object)

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

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VSO is a somewhat uncommon word order worldwide. Here is a partial list of Native American languages using VSO word order:

Aguacateco Amuesha Amuzgo Ashaninka Caquinte Chatino Chehalis Chinantec
Chocho Comox Coreguaje Cuicatec Garifuna Guajajara Guajiro Halkomelem
Heiltsuk Ikpeng Jacalteco Kalhipona Kalispel Kanjobal Klallam Kwakiutl
Lillooet Lushootseed Machiguenga Makah Mam Mazahua Mixtec Movima
Nez Perce Nisgaa-Gitxsan Nootka Nuxalk Quileute Salish Squamish Taushiro
Tenino Tepehuan Tlamelula Tlapanec Trique Tsimshian Walla Walla Yagua
Yakama Zapotec          

Further Reading

 Wikipedia: Verb-subject-object
 Word Order Typology
 Basic Language Structures



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