Don Jones®

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Almost all modern languages rely on word order to convey meaning. Were I to say, “the ball fell,” you’d know what I meant. I’m talking about a ball, and something it did, which was to fall. If I said, “the fell ball,” I’d be conveying an entirely different meaning, that of a ball which is vicious and cruel, turning “fell” from a verb into an adjective simply by placement. But this word order situation hasn’t always been the norm.

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