|From:||Rob Nierse <rnierse@...>|
|Date:||Friday, August 23, 2002, 7:18|
>>> Here's something I've been puzzling over for a while. Are there any
languages which have different word orders on a consistant basis for
transitive and intransitive verbs? Enamyn is currently APV / SV (although
with a wide range of permitted variations), but I would like to change it to
APV / VS. I can think of some marginal examples in English; for instance,
"Here comes the bus," but most intransitive English sentences are SV, rather
than VS. So are there any natlangs (or conlangs, for that matter) that have a
significant difference in order between transitive and intransitive
I tried to make a language that was VS with intransitive verbs and SVO with
transitive verbs. SO I had sentences like:
tlatoa tzila go I = 'I go'
potla tzila give I = '(someone) gives to me
It became a sort of ergative construction.
Later on only subjects that had no control (or were non-volitional) came
after the verb.
In the end, while translating, I forgot about the whole thing.
Because I wanted this language to be one were I could easily translate into,
I dropped it and all sentences are now SVO.