Applied linguistics : aspects and relevance of SOV in German
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This report addresses a gap between applied and theoretical linguistics in the area of syntax. The author proposes to bridge that gap by indicating the applicability of theoretical insights into German syntax in the classroom. Typological as well as generative approaches to syntax are surveyed in order to show that the controversial issue of basic word order in German is easily solved; viz. the order subject-object-verb is underlying and subject-verb-object is derived. The main reasons for this analysis from a generative point of view include elegance and simplicity of derivational rules, while typology provides corroborating data from spoken varieties of German. The resulting argument for application is based on providing the most natural environment possible for students of German, i.e. content presented in the correct syntactic form.