Re: can a language be inflecting polysynthetic?
|From:||Jim Henry <jimhenry1973@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, October 5, 2008, 21:42|
On Fri, Oct 3, 2008 at 12:27 PM, Jack Hall
> Can a language be inflecting polysynthetic?
As other posters have pointed out, yes, most if not all
polysynthetic languages are in fact inflecting.
The more interesting question for a conlanger, I think,
is can you make a language that's polysynthetic but not
inflectional? I think so, by one definition. Suppose
you have a language with lots of compounding and
derivation but no inflection, so much that the average
number of morphemes per word is, say, four.