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Oh. Good to know. If Itlani does it, it can't be wrong! :-)

Thanks!
-S

On Thu, Feb 22, 2018 at 3:21 PM, James Hopkins <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Itlani is also SOV and uses the order of demonstratives you are suggesting.
> I like it too and it seems to work quite well. As I always counsel in these
> cases, do what feels right.
>
> If you care... 😃
>
> Itlani Jim
>
> On Thu, Feb 22, 2018 at 5:55 PM, Sylvia Sotomayor <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>
> > I have a question regarding word order and OV languages.
> >
> > The latest draft of the new language is mostly verb-final. The basic word
> > order is SOV. The structure of the verb phrase itself is
> Subject-Proclitic
> > - Verb - Inflection. The inflection part codes tense, evidentiality,
> person
> > of subject and person of object. While the subject proclitic marks person
> > and number, the inflection only marks person. Also, in some cases the
> forms
> > of the inflections have fallen together, so that without a subject
> > proclitic you have no idea if the inflection -ñe means non-past, second
> > person subject, no object OR recent past, direct evidentiality, first
> > person subject, no object OR recent past, direct evidentiality, third
> > person subject with first person object. Since subject and to a certain
> > extent object are marked in the verb phrase itself, the actual noun
> phrases
> > for S and O do not have to be expressed.
> >
> > The language also has copulas, and those come between the copula subject
> > and the copula complement.
> >
> > Within a typical noun phrase, the word order goes: (adjective) noun
> > (generic noun) (postposition). I also have demonstratives. My preference
> is
> > to put the demonstrative first: dem adj noun generic. I suspect this is
> not
> > the usual OV language word order. But I like it. Especially when I have
> > something like demonstrative relative-clause relative-pronoun noun
> > generic-noun resumptive-demonstrative COPULA noun.
> >
> > So, the question: how unnatural is it to have a demonstrative at the
> > beginning of a noun phrase in an OV language? And should I care?
> >
> > (OK, that last is a rhetorical question).
> >
> > -S
> >
> > --
> > Sylvia Sotomayor
> >
> > The sooner I fall behind the more time I have to catch up.
> >
>



-- 
Sylvia Sotomayor

The sooner I fall behind the more time I have to catch up.