What is isolating language?
In linguistics, isolating language refers to a language structure that has no inflectional endings. Instead, the grammatical relationships in the sentence are made clear through grammatical words and the arrangement of the sentence elements. The terms amorphous or analytical language are used synonymously with isolating language.
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While in isolating language no inflectional endings (e.g. of the house) are used, this is a central feature of inflectional language.
One speaks of an isolating language when a language has an isolating linguistic structure. If we are talking about languages that are not historically related to any other language, isolated language is the correct term.
No, English is classified as an inflectional language. However, the English language has far fewer inflectional endings than, for example, German or Latin.
The German language is characterised by the fact that case, number and tense are expressed by morphological means. Thus, it must clearly be assigned to the inflectional languages.