Language evolution and the icëlani

Posted by Gareth Wilson on 19:16 7/11/02

In reply to: Language evolution and the icëlani posted by Luca Mangiat on 22:12 7/9/02

I've never heard of a language with free morpheme order, either. But I did come up with a language where the fixed position of the morpheme wasn't "initial" or "final" but rather "towards the verb" or "away from the verb", so that the morphemes switched positions if the word order changed.

Mark responds:

That rings a bell, though only softly... I wonder if any natural languages have something similar (maybe at the syntactic level).

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