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  •  There is a surprisingly large amount of (3+ / 0-)
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    material you can convey with word forms, that in English you'd otherwise have to slough off into other words.  So (since I mentioned Czech above), if I want to talk about the dog I can already say a lot by choosing pes, psa, psem, or whatever.  You'd have to invent and include another couple of words to convey the same material, so it's easy to see why that may have evolved later.

    That being said, and this is to Rei above as well, it does involve a lot more specific complexity than a streamlined word-order system, where SVO generally holds true no matter what you stick in there.  

    Problem is, we don't have access to the 'original' data.  We can only take guesses based on reconstructions of proto-languages.  

    Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

    by pico on Mon Sep 26, 2011 at 01:34:18 PM PDT

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