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Cantonese is unusual as a VO language in having [PP V] as the dominant order instead of [V PP]. Dryer (1992) found that VO order correlates strongly with [V PP] order. Hawkins (1994) offered an explanation in arguing that VO language and [V [ PP P NP]] order can be processed with optimal processing efficiency. This paper investigates the reasons why Cantonese still employs the [PP V] order despite its lower processing efficiency. While [[ PP P NP] V] order in Cantonese conforms to iconicity,doi:10.5353/th_b3145014 fatcat:i4wugrz4zngadbohva6mei3poa