Re: Is this polysynthetic?
|From:||Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, January 23, 2005, 7:35|
From: Yann Kiraly <yann_kiraly@...>
> I started to scetch out a polysynthetic language, but I'm not sure
> if it realy is polysynthetic. Here's the only sentence I have so far:
> juwa tetwanata ji ki.
> juwa tetwa-na-ta ji ki.
> house-[placed initialy, marking it as the topic] go-[tells us the
> object is the topic]-[tells us the subject's either ki, I or kwí,
> you] [marks the verb as present imperfect active indicative] I.
> So, would you say this language is polysynthetic? If not, what is it
Well, the definition of polysynthesis is so vague and used in so
many different senses, it is difficult to really call *anything*
polysynthetic without risking contradiction. But if we may call
polysynthetic that language which evinces (at least some) features
of all arguments on the head verb, then I would say this language
qualifies, since some features of both subject and object are
morphologically marked on the verb.
Thomas Wier "I find it useful to meet my subjects personally,
Dept. of Linguistics because our secret police don't get it right
University of Chicago half the time." -- octogenarian Sheikh Zayed of
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