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Na'vi Linguistics: Free Word Order

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Ftiafpi:
I'm going to split the "nang" stuff off into it's own thread: http://forum.learnnavi.org/syntax-grammar/%28ta-free-word-order%29/

Kyttin13:
Given free word order/syntax(?) sentence structure...does that mean you can use near-english sentence structure??? :-\

Mech:

--- Quote from: Kyttin13 on September 18, 2019, 01:00:25 pm ---Given free word order/syntax(?) sentence structure...does that mean you can use near-english sentence structure??? :-\

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Yes, I think most of the times that english sentence structure would work fine

Kyttin13:

--- Quote from: Mech on September 18, 2019, 03:09:33 pm ---
--- Quote from: Kyttin13 on September 18, 2019, 01:00:25 pm ---Given free word order/syntax(?) sentence structure...does that mean you can use near-english sentence structure??? :-\

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Yes, I think most of the times that english sentence structure would work fine

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Irayo, Mech! (Irayo, ma Mech?)

Tirea Aean:

--- Quote from: Mech on September 18, 2019, 03:09:33 pm ---
--- Quote from: Kyttin13 on September 18, 2019, 01:00:25 pm ---Given free word order/syntax(?) sentence structure...does that mean you can use near-english sentence structure??? :-\

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Yes, I think most of the times that english sentence structure would work fine

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In my experience, this depends highly on the complexity of the sentence in question. There are plenty of structures in English that can't make their way to Na'vi 1:1 without some kind of necessary adjustment. This is because the two grammars are not the same. I would estimate that all in all, English word order / structures (1:1) will work about 40% of the time, tops. I am glad that this percentage is not near 100% because if it were, then Na'vi would just be a relex of English where all you do is swap out the words one by one, from left to right. (yuck o.o)

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