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Why do dominant VSO languages all have SVO as an alternative word order?

If you take a Chomskyan view of syntax, it's not possible to get a VSO order without some sort of movement. The arguments to a verb are always Merged in first, and then the subject attaches somewhere ...
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What are the general word order trends of VO languages

For a start, see https://wals.info/chapter/83 "Order of object and verb", section 3 on "Theoretical issues". (Your question would seem to require a survey article or a book as an ...
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What is the position of the subject in a Greek sentence, whose word order is VSO?

I'll answer based on my familiarity with Greek from other authors, e.g., Embick, Alexiadou, etc. This is a wh-movement sentence. The PP to which friend was moved from an embedded position as the ...
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