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Oligoisolating language

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An oligoisolating language (from the Greek ὀλίγος, meaning "few" or "little") is any language using very few morphemes which tend towards an isolating structure of statements.

Oligoisolation is almost entirely theoretical. No natural language has oligoisolating properties; nevertheless it is present in some constructed languages, such as Toki Pona, and in an extreme case, Facilish.

Oligoisolating vs Oligosynthetic[edit]

In both oligoisolating and oligosynthetic languages, the prefix oligo- refers to the low morpheme count. However, their morphological structures are distinct and thus they are not synonymous. Oligoisolating languages are isolating languages which means there is a low morpheme to word count. Oligosynthetic languages are synthetic languages which means there is a high morpheme to word count.

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