nThese sentences all mean different
things because of the word order.
nservus puellae canem dat.
npuellae canem servus dat.
nThese all mean the same even
though the word order is different:
slave gives the dog to the girl.
nThe endings not the
order give meaning to Latin.
Word order changes in Latin
primarily for emphasis. The first sentence is more or less the normal word
order for Latin. The second emphasizes that the dog was given to the girl
when perhaps one expected the dog to be given to the boy. The third sentence emphasizes
that it was a dog that was given when perhaps one expected a flowers.