I have read that "most East-Asian languages" are topic-prominent languages, which means putting the topic (object) first before the subject, and the verb last, but they never say explicitly that this is OSV structure. However, the Wikipedia word order page says OSV languages are by far the rarest. I have read that in Chinese topic-first-ness is much more common for native speakers, and is the preferred way of speaking. So who/what is incorrect here? Wikipedia is saying OSV is the rarest, yet other pages are saying topic-firstness (in Chinese and others) is the most common form, and I am reading this as OSV. So I am confused.
- How is topic-prominence different than OSV word order?
- If they are the same, then is Wikipedia wrong? How popular then is OSV or topic-prominence?