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From:Rob Nierse <rnierse@...>
Date:Friday, August 23, 2002, 7:18
John/Peter wrote:
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 sentences? :Peter <<< 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. Rob