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Re: Inflexions (was: Greenberg's universals for SVO languages & Caos Pidgin ruff-sketch)

From:H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>
Date:Sunday, September 10, 2000, 18:50
On Sun, Sep 10, 2000 at 11:39:09AM +0100, Raymond Brown wrote:
> But modern Greek is. And, altho it doesn't have all the inflexions of the > ancient language, it still has plenty enough to give the full flavor of an > inflected language. It shouldn't be too difficult to upgrade (or > 'downgrade' in the view of some - not a view I share) from the Classical > language to the modern one - at least if you stick to the written form ;)
Heh, I like classical forms better. The ability to be so succinct (esp. with those wondrous participles!) and yet so accurate simultaneously just captures me. I know that modern Greek probably has other strengths, but I just happen to like the classical forms more.
> If it is verb inflexions that you want, any of the Romance languages will > do splendidly. Spanish also has the advantage of being widely spoken, being > the official languages of some twenty or so nations IIRC.
[snip] I know there are a lot of inflected languages around today. My point was that I only knew one or two of them. :-) T