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Branching typologies [was: Re: "easiest" languages, SE Asian word-order typologies]

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Wednesday, September 26, 2001, 19:42
Quoting Vasiliy Chernov <bc_@...>:

> > Wonder what influences coulda made Mandarin become such a > >"head-final"/left-branching language (modifier(s) + head word) ? > > But this was already a feature of Old Chinese. And Tibeto-Burman langs > tend to be more left-branching than Chinese, on the average (e. g. > they are often verb-final).
I'm curious: what is the most common branching typology for our conlangs? Phaleran is very left-branching: SOV word order, relative clauses before the noun they modify, adjectival particles before the noun they modify. Degaspregos was/is more right branching: although it has mainly SOV word order, relative clauses and adjectives usually come after the modified noun. You know what -- we should compile a brief synopsis of all types of conlinguistic typologies. It would shed some light not so much on language, but rather more likely, on the conlanger population. ============================== Thomas Wier <trwier@...> "Aspidi men Saiôn tis agalletai, hên para thamnôi entos amômêton kallipon ouk ethelôn; autos d' exephugon thanatou telos: aspis ekeinê erretô; exautês ktêsomai ou kakiô" - Arkhilokhos


Herman Miller <hmiller@...>
laokou <laokou@...>
Dirk Elzinga <dirk_elzinga@...>Branching typologies
Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>