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Re: Isolation and word order

From:J Y S Czhang <czhang23@...>
Date:Thursday, June 19, 2003, 3:31
In a message dated 2003:06:18 01:07:04 AM, Yitzik the Curious Snakie writes:

>I'm gathering material for an a priori Indochina-styled conlang. I saw >that major EAsian natlangs with isolating morphology (Chinese, Thai,
>use SVO word order. Are there any isolating natlangs with a different word >order?
Lisu, a Lolo-Burmese language, is a pretty close to an free order isolating language. But IIRC there is some form of "contextual focusing" (what the differences are between topic-focus and contextual focus is a little confusing to me)... also IIRC there is a general preference for SOV and SVO. BTW Lisu has come up this list before... --- Hanuman Zhang, MangaLanger Language[s] change[s]: vowels shift, phonologies crash-&-burn, grammars leak, morpho-syntactics implode, lexico-semantics mutate, lexicons explode, orthographies reform, typographies blip-&-beep, slang flashes, stylistics warp... linguistic (R)evolutions mark each-&-every quantum leap... "Some Languages Are Crushed to Powder but Rise Again as New Ones" - title of a chapter on pidgins and creoles, John McWhorter, _The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language_ = ! gw3rraa leg0set kaakaa! ! riis3rvaa, saaIlvaa, riikuu, sk0paa-g0mii aen riizijkl0! = (Fight Linguistic Waste! Save, Salvage, Recover, Scavenge and Recycle!)