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Re: affixes

From:Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...>
Date:Friday, February 18, 2005, 16:48

On Thu, 17 Feb 2005 18:56:13 EST,
Doug Dee <AmateurLinguist@...> wrote:

> In a message dated 2/17/2005 12:44:09 PM Eastern Standard Time, > joerg_rhiemeier@WEB.DE writes: > > >The word you are looking for is "oligosynthetic". And the claim that > >Nahuatl is oligosynthetic is utterly false. > > Are there any oligosynthetic natural languages?
It would surprise me if there were. Because that's simply not the way human languages work. An oligosynthetic language is essentially a closed-vocabulary system with a very small vocabulary. I'd consider an oligosynthetic natlang about as unlikely as one with a stack-based syntax (like Fith), for example - i.e., not likely at all. Greetings, Jörg.


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