2.2 A Latin headline
Not all languages depend on word order in the way that English does. Let’s see what our newspaper headline Man bites dog! would look like in a language that marks subjects and objects a little bit differently.
Activity 4 Canis mordet hominem
Watch the following video.
Transcript: Video 1 Word order and inflections in Latin
Can you summarise the differences between Latin and English that are described?
The difference is that English uses word order to show who does what, while Latin uses word endings to identify which noun is the subject and which noun is the object. This means word order in Latin can be very free, while in English it is much more fixed.