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Re: "Free" word order (was Re: Greek definite article (was Re: Addendum: a holy spirit))

From:Rik Roots <rik@...>
Date:Thursday, December 23, 2004, 18:46
On Tuesday 14 Dec 2004 08:06, Chris Bates wrote:
> >That is my impression as well. Either order would work, though -- "to > >pnevma einai ayio" would be the usual form (the spirit is holy), but > >"ayio einai to pnevma" would correspond, as in English, to the marked > >(for emphasis or style) "holy is the spirit". > > Don't you just love "free" word order languages? Out of interest, how > many people have current conlangs with word order determined by > pragmatics rather than a fixed word order? >
Me! Me!
> And if focus/topic/other > factor determine your word order, have you worked out the rules in > detail? What's the focus position? Topic position (if there is one)? etc >
Yep (though I'm not sure it would make sense to others). Details about Gevey word order, topic/comment handling and the use of focus and focus markers can all be found on this colourful yet confusing webpage: Rik