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typology of V-initial lgs

From:dirk elzinga <dirk.elzinga@...>
Date:Monday, November 22, 1999, 4:52
On Sun, 21 Nov 1999, Kristian Jensen wrote:

> Nik Taylor wrote: > >Interesting. AFAIK, there are no natlangs with postpositions and VSO > >order. > > They do exist, but are extremely rare. Yagua, the only surviving member > of the Peba-Yaguan languages spoken in the amazon basin of Peru is just > such a language. On the other side of the same continent is another > called Guajajara of the Tupi-Guarani family. I wonder, is this a > specifically South American phenomenon?
Hmmm. Mayan languages are also V-initial, but they are prepositional. I wonder if there's areal influence on the languages you mention as well, where they were originally SOV or something, but shifted to V-initial. I just posted something in response to Nik about V-initial, postpositional languages in Southern Uto-Aztecan, where it's pretty clear that areal influence from Mayan (and Zapotecan, IIRC) is responsible for the shift to V-initial order.
> Incidentally, Boreanesian is a type 8 language too. Dirk, I get the > feeling that Tepa is a type 8 language too, no?
Except for the attributive adjective following the head noun. Since adjectives are really stative verbs, they are initial, and thus modified nouns are really relative clauses; this means that Tepa has head-internal relatives ... I'm getting dizzy. I'd better go lie down. Dirk -- Dirk Elzinga