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Re: Matein Einlich (Modern English)

From:Kevin Athey <kevindeanathey@...>
Date:Friday, February 11, 2005, 19:32
>From: Tristan McLeay <conlang@...> > >Prepositions are associated with noun-adj? I would've thought the other >order would make more sense: a preposition is a sort of a >noun-modifier, isn't it? But if so then English's noun-adj order could >precipitate Pascal's Einlich wordorder changes.
Prepositions are traditionally considered constituent heads, so they group with other head-initial constructions, like verb-obj and noun-relative clause. Normally, this would mean noun-adj as well, but statisticly the real-world correspondance to global allignment is weaker: adjectives like to do strange things. Trying to reason out what precipitated those strange things was the topic of my undergraduate honors thesis, actually. I can ramble on about it, if you like. My hypotheses may be pertenant to conlanging. <shrug> Athey _________________________________________________________________ Express yourself instantly with MSN Messenger! Download today - it's FREE!