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Talk the Talk: Why Subject First?

Tuesday 4th April / posted by Daniel Midgley Ben Ainslie

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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. Why is it so?

Ben, Daniel, and Hedvig get structural on this episode of Talk the Talk.

Play 282: Why Subject First? (featuring Hedvig Skirgård) [64 kbps]

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