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head-initial structure

From:Garrett Jones <alkaline@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 15, 2002, 23:14
My aim is to make Minyeva completely head-initial. This applies to both the
syntax and the morphology. so, the word order is VSO-NAR, compounds are
head-initial, and it is exclusively prefixing. I have a few questions:

1. How good is the correlation between head-initial compounding and
head-initial syntax in natlangs (and in which ones do they correlate)?

2. How good is the correlation between prefixing and head-initial
compounding in natlangs (and in which ones do they correlate)?

3. Where should i put determiners, demonstratives, quantifiers, and
numerals? at the moment i have them all after the adjective, but i'm
considering putting them all before the noun. Or, i could put
determiners/demonstratives before and quantifiers/numerals after.

4. Has anyone else tried exclusively head-first morphology in their
language? (head-first compounds & exclusive prefixing).

coffee store owners:

ni = plural
do = person associated with
kafi = store
grefka = coffee

it makes sense to me that if the plural is prefixing, then quantifiers would
also occur before a word. (doesn't necessarily happen in natlangs though,
like english: all car-s)

Garrett Jones


Mike S. <mcslason@...>