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I agree; Diamond and Pearl weren't that great at all. But, I guess once you redo the same thing so many times, you have to have a loser in there somewhere
My syntax course was the bane of my existence last semester, and the first half of my morphology class this semester (before we got a new, better teacher) was just as horrible. I just can't deal with all that technical, picky stuff...
Yeah, I liked B/W more than D/P (though I still had some gripes with B/W that they have mostly fixed with B/W2, like how in B/W you could only catch 5th gen Pokemon until you beat the Elite Four, which irritated me endlessly!).
Oh, word order and stuff isn't really that hard; that's actually one of the easiest mental parameters, if you will, it reset when learning a language. What I mean is that in my syntax course, a lot of it was about theories of how people think that languages are underlyingly structured, so we would have to draw all these trees and all showing all kinds of crazy movement, working off of the idea that for the most part, a lot of things move to totally different places by the time they're actually pronounced. It was just tedious, and I didn't quite get the point of it.