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All-noun langs, was: Syntaxy-Turvy

From:Vasiliy Chernov <bc_@...>
Date:Thursday, June 29, 2000, 14:59
On Wed, 28 Jun 2000 18:58:40 +0200, BP Jonsson <bpj@...> wrote:

> IMHO the only "weird syntax" likely to exist is one where all full >words are formally verbs, but then whatever you do to make them function
>entity-lables will make them nouns in a functional sense. The same
>of course to all-nouns, but as I said I feel an all-noun natlang unlikely.
If you don't mind me considering langs with 'zero copula' as having no copula at all, I think there are natlangs approaching very close to the 'all-noun' condition (e. g. some Semitic dialects). If you have adjectives (including participles) not clearly opposed to substantives, and use 'participles' as predicates without a copula, why isn't this an all-noun? Besides, I see several very different possibilities depending on what is the meaning of the 'implied' copula. I think some of these variants would be possible even with 'zero morphology'. Basilius