Author(s): Esmaeil SAFAEI ASL

This article describes ‘word order’ in Turkish on the basis of twenty three word order criteria which have been utilized in Dryer (1992, 2014) to distinguish OV languages from VO languages. The study shows that given twenty relevant criteria in Turkish, this language behaves predominantly like a strong OV language, with a small number of strong VO languages’ characteristics typologizing Turkish as a VO language. Being predominantly a strong OV language, Turkish is a left-branching type of language, the behaviour that bears complete consistency with Dryer (1992)’s ‘Branching Direction Theory’.


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