R: Re: Verb order in Montreiano
|Date:||Monday, April 2, 2001, 20:18|
Barry Garcia wrote:
> CONLANG@LISTSERV.BROWN.EDU writes:
> >Very nice! I like seeing the verb there in the beginning. It's
> >something with it that really appeals to me. I can't say what
> >it is really. Just that it looks nice.
> It should work, because VSO is common (at least from my observations) in
> Spanish, so it shouldnt be a stretch to have the verb first. Although, i'm
> pretty sure (and yeah, i should know this) that other verb forms would
> need to be used to express certain things......but i dont know what
> exactly :). Could anyone give me a hint here? (preferably someone who
> knows Spanish better than I, because Montreiano is closely related to it).
Italian uses it to focus on the subject:
*I* go (not you, nor someone else).
This word order is also used in poetry:
'...stette la spoglia immemore / orba di tanto spiro...'
Manzoni, 5 Maggio 1821
'...lay the forgetful corpse / blind in its breath...'
(he's talking about Napoleon's death).