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K'tle morphosyntax

From:Jeffrey Jones <jsjonesmiami@...>
Date:Monday, February 16, 2009, 1:13

K'tle uses a direct/inverse system with a 2 > 1 > 3 hierarchy. There's neither
case nor obviation marking. There's also no morphological tense.

Word order is mostly pragmatic rather than syntactical. If a topic appears in a
clause, it must come first. Any new or contrasting constituents appear at the
end of the clause.

Except for a few particles, all K'tle words are inflected (and referred to as
predicates). The major division of the predicates is into nouns and verbs, but
note that nouns take many of the same inflections as verbs, the most notable
difference being that nouns have inherent gender.

Count nouns are marked for number (singular or plural).

Words that might be classified as adjectives, adverbs, adpositions, pronouns,
or quantifiers in another language are all considered verbs in K'tle. Verbs are
inflected for aspect, mood (etc.), argument agreement, and syntactical
function. There are four syntactical functions: primary (finite verbs),
secondary, adjectival, and nominal.


I've written up a lot more -- too much to post at one time.



Eric Christopherson <rakko@...>