Correspondence between Hardyman and O. C. Dahl and notes on Malagasy orthography.
Dahl, O. C.
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- Dates of Creation1968 - 1969
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Administrative / Biographical History
Linguists consider Madagascar to be unique in that, unlike 99.9% of the world's languages, Malagasy has a very rare word order: verb-object-subject. Most languages are based on a subject-object-verb or subject-verb-object order. The origins of the Malagasy language were relatively unknown until Otto Christian Dahl demonstrated in 1951 that it is derived from an Indonesian tongue. [Source: Madagascar Library - Personal Collection of Daniel Austin, http://www.madagascar-library.com/about3.html, 13/3/2013]