Things that no languages do
|Author:||Frederick J Newmeyer|
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I am interested in collecting examples of phenomena that are not found|
in any language in the world (as far as we know), where there is no
OBVIOUS functional explanation for that fact. Here is an example of
the sort of phenomenon that I am looking for: In no language do
grammatical processes pay attention to 'third position' (though of
course 'second position' is often important). I suspect also tha
there are many conceivable syntax- phonology and semantics-phonology
interactions that are logically possible and not obviously
dysfunctional, but which never occur.
If anybody has examples of this sort (or, even better, knows if there
already exist compilations of them), I would be very grateful to know
about them. I'll summarize.