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In Dryer (1992a), I presented evidence from a sample of 625 languages on which pairs of elements correlate with the order of object and verb, and which do not (Greenberg 1963) . I argued that the word order correlations reflect a tendency for languages to be consistently leftbranching or consistently right-branching, what I referred to as the Branching Direction Theory (the BDT), and proposed that this tendency reflects processing difficulties associated with mixing left-and right-branching.doi:10.1007/978-1-4020-8825-4_10 fatcat:aarnyzfdpbgqjbgmgewosllbfe