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Re: CONLANG Digest - 20 Apr 2000 to 21 Apr 2000 (#2000-111)

From:FFlores <fflores@...>
Date:Saturday, April 22, 2000, 23:58
Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...> wrote:

>Yes, it inflects regularly, I wasn't saying that. What I was saying is >that it's syntactic usage is odd. The subject is placed at the end, and >the object at the beginning, as in "A Juan le gusta comer manzanas". Is >"Comer manzanas le gusta a Juan" grammatical?
Yes. Emphatic on Juan, "It is *Juan* who likes to eat apples". At least for me, in this kind of construction you emphasize whatever comes last, unless it's the normal way (i. e. "comer manzanas" last). --Pablo Flores ... I cannot combine any characters that the divine Library has not foreseen, which in some of its secret tongues do not bear some terrible meaning. No-one can articulate a syllable not filled of caresses and fears; which is not, in some one of those languages, the powerful name of a god... Jorge Luis Borges, _The Library of Babel_