|From:||J Matthew Pearson <pearson@...>|
|Date:||Friday, June 8, 2001, 15:45|
Shreyas Sampat wrote:
> I'm puzzled about polysynthetism. How does this work? Is there some
> customary way of describing it, or is it variable enough that it's hard to
> describe. Could someone point me to a website, perhaps? I'm trying to
> incorporate this neat polysynthetic effect into one of my conlangs, and am
> wondering how natlangs do it.
There's a book by Mark Baker called "The Polysynthesis Parameter" (Oxford
University Press, I think), which discusses the structure of polysynthetic
languages in gory detail. It's a fairly technical book, concerned as it is
with the characterisation of these languages within formal syntactic theory,
but if nothing else the example sentences might prove illuminating...