Re: Word order
|From:||Tim May <butsuri@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, August 11, 2002, 14:27|
Nihil Sum writes:
> >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).
> And then:
> >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
> >understand it http://www.cus.cam.ac.uk/~gd116/abstracts.html
> >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.
> You can add another! Persian is SOV and adjective-follows-noun as well.
> >From the UCLA Language Materials Project - Persian Profile at
> http://www.lmp.ucla.edu/profiles/profp01.htm :
> "Word order in Persian is Subject-Object-Verb although modifiers follow the
> nouns they modify and the language has prepositions."
Ah, good. I wonder how I missed it in Campbell in the first place?
demonstrates the roughness of my research, if nothing else.
> By the way, that UCLA site is really cool. Have a look at it: "Teaching
> resources for less commonly taught languages." It's got "Language Profiles"
> that describe the structure etc. of lots of languages. I'll be absolutely
> strip-mining this one for grammatic concepts.
> Anyone know of other sites like this?
It looks like a good site, although the page for actually getting at
the language profiles seems to be broken right now. I don't know of
any extant sites that are really similar. There are some with
collections of links - you can find a pretty wide array of grammars
although they vary widely in quality.