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Re: Non-linear full-2d writing (again)

From:Nokta Kanto <red5_2@...>
Date:Wednesday, February 1, 2006, 0:38
> "What, besides verbs, can have more than one dependent?" > The answers seemed to be something like this; > 1) In natlangs, only verbs are attested with more than two > dependents; and none of them have more than five _core_ terms, in any > known natlang. > 2) In natlangs, there are attested a few words of a few other lexical > categories that do have two dependents; they may be conjunctions, or > prepositions, or adverbs, or adjectives, for example. But they are > generally a (or a few) closed class(es), in each such natlang.
I wonder if this is because words with many dependents are created as verbs. I mean, verbs are, in a sense, all coerced into the same category. You can make phrases like "I am slowly from two o'clock to five o'clock" that are grammatically correct but meaningless, because "to be" doesn't take the ablative or allative(?) cases. So you might be able to justify having several classes of words with multiple dependents: some which can be modified with location or motion, others which can be modified with the thought-holder or other exotic relations... it would probably look like a language with two kinds of verbs. --Noktakanto