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polysynthetic languages

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... Matt.