Re: USAGE: Classification questions
|From:||John Cowan <cowan@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, August 7, 2003, 3:56|
Christopher Wright scripsit:
> I'd say that the fundamental order is SVO, with SOV being a relic of Latin.
Not so much a relic of Latin, as the fact that object pronouns have been
made into proclitics. In French, they have arguably become prefixes,
so that French now has free word order.
> I'm not familiar with Klingon, but many of the uninitiated make no
> distinction between agglutinating and inflecting. Looking at a Klingon
> grammar sketch (one that seems unsure of itself), it has a few
> agglutinating features such as compounding verb with indirect object
Klingon is emphatically agglutinating: it has been described as
"an exuberant Amerind-style template machine". But the subject-object
agreement marker is a single marker, not two separate ones. This
closely resembles the situation in Hungarian, IIRC.
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