Object Agent Verb


Object Agent Verb

Object Agent Verb (OAV) or Object Subject Verb (OSV) is one of the permutations of expression used in Linguistic typology.OSV or OAV denotes the sequence "Object Subject Verb" in neutral expressions: "Oranges Sam ate."It is a notation used when classifying languages according to the dominant sequence of these constituents.

This sequence is rare. One example of a language that uses it is Xavante. It is also found in some other languages of Brazil, including Jamamadi, Apurinã, Kayabí and Nadëb. Sardinians very often use OAV while speaking in Italian. It is not uncommon in Yiddish and is also sometimes found in German. In both of these languages this construction is commonly employed to emphasize the distinctive properties of the object. This structure may on occasion be seen in English, usually in the future tense or with the conjunction "but", such as in the following examples: "To Rome I shall go!", "I hate oranges, so apples I'll eat!"; and in relative clauses where the relative pronoun is the (direct or indirect) object, such as in "What I do is my own business." OAV is also used in American Sign Language. This is also one of the two common word orders in Malayalam, the other being AOV.

Passive form of Chinese is OSV (OAV).
* 那橘子被我吃掉了 - The orange is ate by me.
** 橘子(Orange) is an Object, 我 (I, me) is considered as Subject in Chinese, 吃 (Eat, ate) is Verb.

This word order appears in a number of constructed languages, such as Teonaht, as it is often chosen by language inventors for its exotic sound. The Star Wars character Yoda speaks in a modified form of this word order. This word order is also used in the game "" by .cite news
author=Scott Pelland
coauthors=Kent Miller, Terry Munson, Paul Shinoda
year=1996
month=May
title=Epic Center
work=Nintendo Power
publisher=M. Arakawa, Nintendo of America, Inc.
volume=84
pages=59
accessdate=2007-02-14
quote=Despite a rather loose grip on the English language, Bowyer has marshaled an impressive army to battle Rose Town.
cite video game
title = Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
developer = Square Co., Ltd. (now Square Enix Co., Ltd.)
publisher = Nintendo
date = 1996-05-13
platform = SNES, Virtual Console
level = Forest Maze
quote = BOWYER: Gunya! Nya!! Strong you are. But stronger am I! Hurt you, I will!
]

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