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I suppose. Forget what is said about abs/erg. But my point about nom/acc
case endings still stands, I think.

On Sat, Apr 28, 2018 at 9:56 AM, Aidan Aannestad <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:

> You still do for syntactic reasons, though - in the sentence /I saw the
> man and walked off/, a language with ergative syntax would interpret 'the
> man' as the subject of 'walked off'.
>
>
> On 2018/04/28 8:55, Asher Jaffe wrote:
>
>> If you're going with SVO, you don't need a Nom/Acc or Abs/Erg distinction,
>> but if it's VSO that would be helpful. It depends on how casey you want to
>> be.
>>
>> On Sat, Apr 28, 2018 at 4:29 AM, James Hopkins <[log in to unmask]>
>> wrote:
>>
>> My response is unscientific I know, but I would say start composing
>>> sentences in both ways with the vocabulary you presently have and see
>>> with
>>> order appeals to you more in actually usage.
>>>
>>> I have found, at least for Itlani, that what "feels" right usually ends
>>> up
>>> working best. You may find that true of your conlang as well.
>>>
>>> Jim
>>>
>>> On Fri, Apr 27, 2018 at 8:28 PM, Michael Martin <[log in to unmask]>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>> Thanks to everyone who responded to my post. I had actually thought about
>>>> the comparison to function calls in computer programming, but I don't
>>>> really consider that "intuitive" since I don't imagine non-programmers
>>>> would ever think in that way. The notion of sentences flowing from topic
>>>>
>>> to
>>>
>>>> commentary makes sense, though. Whatever is most important in a
>>>> speaker's
>>>> mind is most likely what they are going to bring up first.
>>>>
>>>> But I'm still on the fence as to whether to keep my conlang's default as
>>>> VSO or SVO.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> * Michael - [log in to unmask]
>>>>
>>>>