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>
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