|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.