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Re: Are some languages easier to learn?

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Saturday, October 17, 1998, 0:05
Arek Bellagio wrote:
> Yes, I believe there are criteria that determines the difficultness of a > language.
But why should some languages be harder *inherently* to learn? All children learn languages in about the same time, suggesting that there's no inherent differences in difficulty, and that ease and difficulty depend purely on your L1, and previous second languages.
> I think that > Ergative is also a type of language (scholars use the 4 main groups.. I > think), but Ergative is commonly for conlangs and fewer natlangs, right? Or > am I wrong?
Well, about a quarter of the world's languages are classified as ergative, so it's not all that rare. Ergative isn't one of the basic types, it's more a continuum with accusative on the opposite end. The four (or three) main types are: isolating, agglutinating, fusional (AKA (in)flectional), and polyagglutinative; altho the last is sometimes considered a subtype of agglutinating. -- "It's bad manners to talk about ropes in the house of a man whose father was hanged." - Irish proverb ICQ: 18656696 AOL: NikTailor