New Romlang, unnamed
|From:||Shreyas Sampat <ssampat@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, November 7, 2002, 20:19|
Some conversation with Christian Thalmann on Jovian inspired this: my
latin-descendant with verbs that mark for the number of their objects.
Well, suppose that a descendant of Latin starts to require accurative objects to
stand directly before their verbs. Okay, good enough.
Now suppose that, as Chris puts it, the language erodes in the mouths of the
speakers. The accusattive-verb complex starts to assimilate, and a while later
the accusative detaches from the verb.
And leaves its case suffix behind, stuck to the verb.
So, we have sentences like:
Aan raan mecht. Ana eats the frog.
Aan raan secht. Ana eats the frogs.
Caelu raan ndankt. Lightning hits the frog.
Caelu raan stankt. Lightning hits the frogs.
Woohoo. Comments? How naturalistic is this?