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Features of K'ekchi Syntax

InK'ekchi,thesubjectanddirectobjectnominalscarry nocasemarking.Therefore,theprimaryindicatorofgram-

1963)recognizesonlythemajorityordersSOVandSVOand theminorityorderVSO.Keenan(1977)inastudyofVOS languages,foundonlyeightthathecoulddocument.While

K'ekchiisnotincludedinhissample,K'ekchidoesconform

Intheintransitivesentencesin(la-d)thesubjectregularlyfollowstheverb.Inthetransitivesentencesin

(2a-d)whereboththedirectobjectandthesubjectare

presentedasfullNPs,thedirectobjectregularlyprecedes 1thesubject.