Re: Trigger language?
|From:||H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, January 22, 2003, 16:59|
On Mon, Jan 20, 2003 at 11:54:50PM -0500, Mike Ellis wrote:
> One thing I'm curious about: what role does word order play in Ebisedian?
Mainly emphasis. Other than that, word order is mostly irrelevant.
> Must an origin appear before the verb, and a recipient after? Or not? Does
> the conveyed noun have any set position? Or is word order used to show
> which (if any) part of the sentence is emphasised?[snip]
Conventionally, the word order is originative - instrumental - verb -
conveyant - locative - receptive. But this is a very, very weak trend; the
Ebisedi usually just string words together in the order it occurs to them.
Fronting a word usually means emphasis, though.
Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.