Re: Unilang: the Morphology
|From:||Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, April 21, 2001, 20:13|
Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...> writes:
> >Regular case endings are indeed agglutinative sufixes,
> >and when they are written with space,
> >they are postpositions, particles and auxiliary words.
> Hm, is that strictly true? If I have, for example, a completely regular
> auxlang were the sg nom takes no ending, the pl nom takes _-s_, the sg acc
> takes _-n_ and the pl acc takes _-k_, this would mean that the lang is
> inflective and not agglutinative, wouldn't it?
Well, I would not consider it regular if number and case are mixed in
one ending. Yes, it would be inflecting because of this.
> Neither would it be
> isolating, since atleast _s_ and _k_ can't be words by themselves.
Why not? Russian has both `s' and `k' as prepositions. :-) And
prepositions are very close to case endings in agglutinating languages