Isolating or synthetic (was: ANNOUNCE: My new conlang S11)
|From:||Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, March 8, 2005, 11:13|
> The whole thing will be polysynthetic again, I think, but that's more
> of an accident: I started with an isolating lang, like above, then
> made all the particles clitics that attach to the previous word. This
> would yield the following words:
Funnily I'm starting to think of going the opposite way
with Sohlob! I can't get no satisfaction :) WRT the
local case system, and since I'm looking at Classical
Chinese at the moment the idea of chucking the case
system altogether came up, especially as Mærik also has
a rich case system (8 cases), which I'm satisfied with,
and I don't want to repeat myself.
Now the problem is how to keep the lang ergative/fluid-S
if it is isolating? Presumably intransitive sentences
would be VP while transitive ones be AVP.
And what about adpositions. Should they be a free class
or derived from nouns or verbs?
There is also the problem of justifying vowel harmony
if the lang has no (grammatical) affixation! I'ld
have to come up with a lot more derivational affixes
and/or keep the inflectional system on verbs but not
Benct Philip Jonsson -- melroch at melroch dot se
Solitudinem faciunt pacem appellant!