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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]
>>>