[Haskell-cafe] Re: OT: Languages
rendel at cs.au.dk
Sun May 10 10:53:29 EDT 2009
wren ng thornton wrote:
> Indeed. The proliferation of compound words is noteworthy, but it's not
> generally considered an agglutinative language. From what (very little)
> German I know compounds tend to be restricted to nouns, as opposed to
> languages like Turkish, Japanese, Korean,...
Yes, compounds are restricted to nouns in German. But as I understand
it, agglutinative relates more to the inflection system than to the
In German, inflection is usually done by adding a single suffix to the
stem, and possibly altering the stem. The single suffix encodes various
informations (e.g. number, gender and case for nouns) in a single morpheme.
In an agglutinative language, inflection is done by adding one morpheme
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