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Postby spqr » Tue Nov 05, 2013 8:51 pm

D'ooge says the middle words in a sentence stand in the order of importance. Does he mean going from least important to most important or vice versa? Thanks.
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Re: word order

Postby Seraphinus » Tue Nov 19, 2013 9:33 pm

It's been sometimes observed that statistically, in a sentence, new information to the listener tends to come later than old information (but this can be easily contested: things can be moved to the beginning and be given emphasis in many languages: e.g. English "I didn't see your brother there, it was your sister who was there!"). I suppose D'Ooge may be equating being new to the listener with being "important"?
ēlūcet mâiōrem habēre vim ad discenda ista līberam cūriōsitātem quam meticulōsam necessitātem
It is clear that a free curiosity has a greater force in order to learn these things [languages] than a necessity based on fear. (St. Augustine, Cōnfessiōnēs I.14)
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