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Re: NG-NA correlation ...

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Wednesday, October 8, 2003, 18:28
Quoting JS Bangs <jaspax@...>:

> Andreas Johansson sikyal: > > > In the languages I know of, noun-genitive syntax seems to correlate with > noun- > > adjective, and similarly genitive-noun with adjective-noun. Is this > > a "universal" tendency, or just an artifact of the smallish sample? > > From what I know it's a statistical universal, but not an absolute. (Like > the statistical universal that languages have exactly one rhotic :). It > makes sense, because both noun-genitive and noun-adjective are instances > of the general pattern head-modifier.
By _"universal" tendency_, I meant "statistical universal". I guess I should try and be a little more precise in my terminology ...
> > I'm wondering because I'm trying to decide on Meghean's behaviour on this > > point. Of course, to complexify matters, Meghean uses noun-genitive syntax, > but > > possessive pronominal clitics go before their nouns (as in _me-ghean_, lit > "our- > > words"). > > That's typical. I say go with it.
I'm leaning that way. Andreas