|From:||Peter Clark <peter-clark@...>|
|Date:||Friday, August 23, 2002, 14:30|
Odd; I tried sending this message a couple of hours ago, but it didn't go
through. Well, I'll try again.
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?