SubMain: The subordinate clause generally precedes the main clause.
MainSub: The subordinate clause generally follows the main clause.
(1) ӯʌə aʌint-t-iʌ mäwəʌat, ńēwrem-ət ťelewisər ʌējəʌ-ət.
down lie-prs.ptc-3pl instead child-pl television watch-pst.3pl
‘Instead of going to bed, the children were watching TV.’ (L. N. K.)
(2) ńēwrem-ət ӯʌə aʌint-əm pӯrnə liza ānɣ-ət sawn-ət ʎūwit-əɣ.
child-pl down lie-pst.ptc after Liza plate-pl bowl-pl wash.pst-3sg
‘After the children went to bed, Liza washed the dishes.’ (L. N. K.)
(3a) qoq-qə-nam wū-t-aʌ-at, miša jūɣ ōwti-ja qūŋət.
long-tra-apr see-prs.ptc-3sg-fin Misha tree top-lat climb.pst.3sg
‘In order to be able to see farther, Misha climbed up a tree.’ (L. N. K.)
(3b) miša jūɣ-a qūŋət, qoq-qə-nam ʌējeʌ-tə kīča.
Misha tree-lat climb.pst.3sg long-tra-apr see-prs.ptc for_it
‘Misha climbed up a tree in order to be able to see farther.’ (L. N. K.)
In Surgut Khanty, the subordinate clause (which does not entail a finite verb but a participle) precedes the matrix clause. The finite verb is located at the end of the matrix clause. Recently, a construction appeared which has an inverse word order, but it is very rare.