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Angosey is strict VSO, except for a few verbs that seem to switch it to
VOS.  A particular one is the verb "to assay."  A few others too.  I'm not
sure how to explain these idiosyncrasies diachronically.  Suggestions?

On Fri, Sep 1, 2017 at 10:41 Gary Shannon <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I have several conlang sketches (which could probably be considered
> slightly different versions of the same sketch) where each phrase is
> marked.
>
> The subject is unmarked, which identifies it as the subject.
> The verb phrase uses words unique to verb phrases, thus marking it.
> All other phrases, including the direct object, are marked with
> "prepositions".
>
> Word order within the phrase is strictly enforced, but every possible
> phrase order is equally comprehensible:
>
>      1. [John] [gave] [to Mary] [li a gift].
>      2. John gave li a gift to Mary.
>      3. John to Mary gave li a gift.
>      4. John to Mary li a gift gave.
>      5. John li a gift to Mary gave.
>      6. John li a gift gave to Mary.
>      7. Gave John to Mary li a gift.
>      8. Gave John li a gift to Mary.
>      9. Gave to Mary John li a gift.
>     10. Gave to Mary li a gift John.
>     11. Gave li a gift John to Mary.
>     12. Gave li a gift to Mary John.
>     13. To Mary John gave li a gift.
>     14. To Mary John li a gift gave.
>     15. To Mary gave John li a gift.
>     16. To Mary gave li a gift John.
>     17. To Mary li a gift John gave.
>     18. To Mary li a gift gave John.
>     19. Li a gift John gave to Mary.
>     20. Li a gift John to Mary gave.
>     21. Li a gift gave John to Mary.
>     22. Li a  gift gave to Mary John.
>     23. Li a gift to Mary John gave.
>     24. Li a gift to Mary gave John.
>
> Prepositional phrases are, of course, also marked by a preposition, so they
> can be placed anywhere:
>
> [For her birthday] gave li a gift to Mary John.
> Gave [for her birthday] li a gift to Mary John.
> Gave li a gift [for her birthday] to Mary John.
> Gave li a gift to Mary [for her birthday] John.
> Gave li a gift to Mary John [for her birthday].
>
> When the subject is located a long distance from the verb it may also be
> marked with a verbish sort of word, possibly a detached tense marker:
>
> Gave for her birthday li a gift to Mary [did John].
> or:
> Give for her birthday li a gift to Mary did John. (with present tense main
> verb)
>
> --gary
>
>
> On Fri, Sep 1, 2017 at 5:12 AM, C. Brickner <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>
> > How strict are you in maintaining the word order you have given to your
> > conlangs? What are the reasons that you deviate from this word order? I'm
> > especially interested in SVO.
> > Charlie
> >
>