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Re: CHAT: (no subject)

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Thursday, August 22, 2002, 14:33
Message from Peter Clark <peter-clark@...>, forwarded by request:

        Here's something I've been puzzling over for a while. Are there any
languages which have different word orders on a consistant basis for
transitive and intransitive verbs? Enamyn is currently APV / SV (although
with a wide range of permitted variations), but I would like to change it to
APV / VS. I can think of some marginal examples in English; for instance,
"Here comes the bus," but most intransitive English sentences are SV, rather
than VS. So are there any natlangs (or conlangs, for that matter) that have a
significant difference in order between transitive and intransitive


Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>