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ABSTBACT This paper is a reply to Manning and Parker's &rrtguage Sciences 11. 43-65 (1989)l recent contribution in this journal on the basic word order frequency hierarchy for natural languages. It argues that Manning and Parker are wrong when they assume that the majority of previously offered explanations for the hierarchy are to be rejected because of a flavor of Lamarckianism, a theory of biological form which has been discarded by modern bioiogists. As language is not a type of biologicaldoi:10.1016/0388-0001(91)90006-m fatcat:7jzamvdzzfej7ghh7p35mua62y