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Re: Sauropodz r kewl WAS: silly conversation on 2012 US presidential race



Ok, I definately was wrong on that! I said my knowledge of linguistics was bad!


From: "Mike Keesey" <keesey@gmail.com> 
To: "Dinosaur Mailing List" <dinosaur@usc.edu> 
Sent: Monday, April 16, 2012 8:00:32 PM 
Subject: Re: Sauropodz r kewl WAS: silly conversation on 2012 US presidential 
race 

On Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 4:53 PM,  <tyazbeck@comcast.net> wrote: 
> My linguistic knowledge is rusty, to say the least, but isn't Latin as used 
> in nomenclature an agglutinative language? I like the flowing, descriptive 
> names that form in languages like that, much more so than Chinese and basic 
> English with their unpleasant abruptness. Where do you think George Orwell 
> got the idea for Newspeak? 

Actually, Newspeak is agglutinative! Think of the prefixes "plus-" and 
"doubleplus-". 

Latin would be agglutinative if its affixes were unmodified when added 
to words, or if the modification had simple rules. Turkish is 
agglutinative. 

Instead, Latin is fusional. Affixes are combined (a single affix can 
indicate person, gender, plurality, etc.) and can be drastically 
changed. 

Fusional and agglutinative grammars are both types of synthetic 
grammars (as opposed to isolating grammars, like Mandarin). 

Old English was fusional, but has gotten progressively more isolating. 

(As a programmer, I much prefer isolating grammars! If your tastes run 
contrary, try Inuit -- a polysynthetic language.) 
-- 
T. Michael Keesey 
http://tmkeesey.net/