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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
 > >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
 > :
 > "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.