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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 (-> Finno-Ugric). **Henrik