Postpostional verb-initial langs (was: Conlang Typology Survey Results -- 2nd Chance!
|From:||Kristian Jensen <kljensen@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, November 21, 1999, 22:14|
Nik Taylor wrote:
>Interesting. AFAIK, there are no natlangs with postpositions and VSO
They do exist, but are extremely rare. Yagua, the only surviving member=20
of the Peba-Yaguan languages spoken in the amazon basin of Peru is just=20
such a language. On the other side of the same continent is another=20
called Guajajara of the Tupi-Guarani family. I wonder, is this a=20
specifically South American phenomenon?
Both of these languages that I have listed are quite unusual in word-
order in general. Greenberg would call them type 8 - that is; verb-
initial, post-positional, genitive before head, attributive adjective=20
after head. To my knowledge, only Yagua is confirmed as type 8.=20
Linguists are still debating about Guajajara.
Incidentally, Boreanesian is a type 8 language too. Dirk, I get the=20
feeling that Tepa is a type 8 language too, no?