ERIC Number: ED174023
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Liberty of Word Order in Esperanto. Lektos: Interdisciplinary Working Papers in Language Sciences, Vol. 3, No. 2.
Verloren van Themaat, W. A.
The liberty of deviation from the dominant word order in Esperanto and the natural languages is considered. Greenberg's classification of the languages according to four criteria, the liberty of word order in Sanskrit, and the norm of grammaticality in a constructed language are considered. Objection is made to St. Clair's argument that word order cannot be free in Esperanto, because it is not free in any natural language. It is contented that Esperanto has a far smaller liberty of word order than Sanskrit, but--except with respect to the prepositions--a far greater liberty of word order than English. The notion that Esperanto is most comparable in its degree of liberty of word order to Latin, Greek, and Sanskrit is criticized. (SW)
Descriptors: Analytical Criticism, Artificial Languages, Classical Languages, Comparative Analysis, Content Analysis, Essays, Grammar, Language Patterns, Language Universals, Linguistic Theory, Sentence Structure, Structural Analysis, Word Order
University of Louisville, Interdisciplinary Program in Linguistics, Room 214 Humanities, Louisville, Kentucky 40208
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Louisville Univ., KY. Interdisciplinary Program in Linguistics.