How naturalistic is this? Colors & Composition in Sein'
|From:||Shreyas Sampat <ssampat@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, September 21, 2005, 18:44|
So, I've just discovered that Seinundjé has an unusual way of marking
the color and composition of objects. The usual word order in noun
phrases is modifier-head, but with color marking, it turns to head-modifier:
That's not all that interesting.
But there's a closed set of materials that are marked in a special way;
the head takes an infix that denotes the category of material, and the
modifier indicates the specific material, like so:
Is this totally weird? Do natlangs do stuff like that?
The "Million Style Manual" is a set of sixty-four jade stones marked
with pieces of Chinese characters. It expresses the kung fu of the void,
as taught by P'an Ku's axe.