Re: Word order
|From:||Tim May <butsuri@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, August 11, 2002, 1:41|
Tim May writes:
> I'm trying to figure out how word order should go in LC-01.
> At present, it's basically SOV, with postpositions. It also has a
> general principle that modifier follows modified (suffixation,
> head-first compounds). But this seems to be a fairly unusual
> situation. LC-01 doesn't have adjectives (as distinct from verbs) but
> if it did, they'd follow the noun. The only SOV language in Campbell
> where the adjective regularly follows the noun is Tibetan (which has
> both head first and head last compounds).
You'll be pleased to learn that I've found one more natural language
with this quality - Akkadian. I'd like to read the article abstracted
at the top of the underlinked page, although I probably wouldn't
Interestingly, I've noted that there seem to be quite a lot of SVO
languages with adjectives that precede the noun, as opposed to only
these two SOV langs with adjectives that follow the noun. My research
has been less than systematic, though.