Linguistics

http://pointlessoverthinking.com/2019/03/15/language-families/

Time to get back to some linguistics. It is very interesting seeing all the different combinations you can have for word organisation. English is very inflexible in its word order as there is usually the right way and the way that makes you sound like Yoda.

In other languages like Greek you can organise things in about 4 different ways depending on what part of the sentence you want to emphasise.

Which word order are you most used to and which do you like best? If you have a choice in your language which do you chose and why?

Best wishes

Angela

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30 comments on “Linguistics”
  1. Betul Erbasi says:

    In Turkish, you can do all 6 combinations in a three-word Subject-Object-Verb sentence

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    1. Wow how does anyone know what you are saying with that much flexibility?

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      1. Betul Erbasi says:

        Well, Turkish speakers just know it. For me, as a linguist, it is difficult to find the patterns because it is so subtle. It is a very difficult pattern to solve.🙍

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  2. You have a great blog site. Looking forward to learning linguistics.

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      1. My pleasure ma’am

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  3. Thanks for visiting and reading my posts.

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  4. I just mentally rearranged most of the sentences in your post, just to see if I could.
    With a simple sentence it is definitely impossible to do without turning into Yoda. With slightly more complex ones, changing the order is easier (e.g. it is easier to change the order with slightly more complex ones) – you have to change the verb form though.

    Fun way to procrastinate for 5 minutes though 🤗 thanks.

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    1. Thanks for the feedback.

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  5. huguetta says:

    Hello Athena, Hope you are good 🙂 I just wanted to tell you that following previous conversations, I posted something in Arabic with translation, I don’t know if you could check it: it’s in the link below if you want, and let me know should you have some questions or so, I’m planning to post more in Arabic
    https://huguetta.wordpress.com/2019/03/08/my-friend-%d8%b5%d8%af%d9%8a%d9%82%d9%8a/(opens in a new tab)
    Thank you 🙂

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      1. Yes the second one works.

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    1. The first one didn’t work.

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      1. huguetta says:

        I shared second one

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        1. I know. I read it. It’s good.

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          1. huguetta says:

            Thank you, any thoughts?

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          2. It’s quite evocative of the feelings that one goes through when your first starting to date. It also describes the beginnings of most romantic relationships quite well as your unsure of a lot of things.

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          3. huguetta says:

            Thank you for your comment, yes we go through a lot!
            I meant your thoughts about the Arabic language, you think you might try to read it or so?

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          4. Oh the Arabic language is not for me. It’s way too difficult. Sorry huguetta.

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          5. huguetta says:

            I know don’t worry at all 😊 just the impression not more

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          6. I’m sure Arabic is a fascinating language but I just can’t get a handle on it.

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          7. huguetta says:

            Yes sure totally understood!

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  6. Wyrd Smythe says:

    Hmmm…. 😀

    I think English sentences can have different word orderings without actually going full Yoda.

    English sentences, I think, can actually have different word orderings without going full Yoda.

    Actually, without going full Yoda, English sentences can have different word orderings, I think.

    English sentences actually can, I think, have different word orderings (without going full Yoda).

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    1. Yes they can but you were starting to sound like an incredibly annoying American teen girl. They over accentuate and punctuate their sentences just so that you hang on there every word. It’s all about attention and attitude there.

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      1. Wyrd Smythe says:

        What makes you think I’m not an incredibly annoying American teen girl? 😉

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        1. Because an American teen girl couldn’t be bothered with this back and forth plus she wouldn’t be intelligent or pedantic enough to show case at least four different examples to prove a linguistic point.

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          1. Wyrd Smythe says:

            Good answer! 😀

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          2. I’m glad you think so.

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