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Book: Contrastive Discourse Analysis

Chapter: Word order and information structure in English and Swedish

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.21772


This chapter compares word order changes in English and Swedish, and shows that Swedish follows the principles of information and end-weight more strictly than English. This is supported by empirical evidence from comparisons of original texts in English and Swedish and their translations, and comparisons of writing in English by Swedish advanced learners and native speaker students, where an overuse of certain re-ordering reflects the transfer of a different
usage in Swedish.

Chapter Contributors

  • Jennifer Herriman ( - jherriman)