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staving Jackson Moore:
>My questions for the moment concern variable word order, which seems
>to be a fairly constrained mechanism for expressing grammatical
>meaning.  Its uses in English are apparently limited to voice and
>mood, and idiosyncratically at that.
>
>Are there any constructed languages that were designed to maximize or
>systematize the portion of grammatical meaning expressed through the
>variation of word order?  How do analytic natural languages differ in
>the way they permutate word order?  Are there languages, constructed
>or natural, in which it is used for purposes other than voice and mood?
I have a conlang Mágikimnaz, in which definiteness is encoded by word 
order. Definite NPs occur before the verb, indefinite NPs occur after the 
verb. This is apparently similar to Mandarin.

Pete