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Isolating or synthetic (was: ANNOUNCE: My new conlang S11)

From:Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...>
Date:Tuesday, March 8, 2005, 11:13
Haendraeg isnerq:

> 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 on nouns! -- /BP 8^)> -- Benct Philip Jonsson -- melroch at melroch dot se Solitudinem faciunt pacem appellant! (Tacitus)


Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>