Re: Head-marking languages and adpositions?
|From:||JS Bangs <jaspax@...>|
|Date:||Friday, September 20, 2002, 17:00|
Amanda Babcock sikyal:
> Hey, now there's a good idea: a list of the minimal set of languages from
> among the world's language families that could exemplify all the different
> extremes. The smallest sample set that would encompass:
> - a good model [isolating | agglutinating | polysynthetic] language
> - a good model [nominative-accusative | ergative | active | trigger]
> - a good model [head-initial | head-final] language
> - a good model [dependent-marking | head-marking] language
I'll give this a shot. I nominate:
Turkish as agglutinating, nom-acc, dependent-marking
Mohawk (or related langs) as polysynthetic, active
Tagalog as trigger, head-initial, head-marking
I'm pretty sure that there are some Indic langs that can qualify as both
isolating and ergative, which then takes care of it.
Note that since you have 4 options in one category, you can't do this
with less than 4 languages.
Apologies for any errors in the above.
Jesse S. Bangs email@example.com
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