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For analytic / isolating languages, how complex are the grammar rules for ordering the words in a sentence?

For a language like Chinese, or other conlangs which are mostly analytic/isolating, how complex does the grammar get in terms of ordering words in a sentence. After looking at Mandarin Chinese (not ...
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Where synthetic languages "inflect," what is the verb for what analytic languages do?

When I indicate noun properties morphologically, I am "inflecting." When I indicate them with separate words: fish this fish these fish from these fish I am not "inflecting." Is ...
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What is the difference between an Isolating and an Analytic language?

These two terms appear to be used nearly interchangeably to refer to languages with little morphology. However at the same time I sometimes see them contrasted with each other, but cannot identify a ...
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