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Re: cases

From:Marcus Smith <smithma@...>
Date:Tuesday, September 12, 2000, 2:51
Tom Wier wrote:

>> I agree, but I didn't invent the terminology! :-) That's the >> terminology I've seen in every description of Romanian I've read. > >Well, then. A thoughtful linguist would change it.
And divorce himself from the previous literature. I don't think so. Rarely happens, even with the more rediculous names, such as the "classifiers" in Navajo which don't classify anything, unergative verbs that have nothing to do with ergativity - the list is long. Consistent nomenclature is important for communication. IMHO changes should only be made when the current terminology leads to confusion. An inappropriate label for a case is not such a situation. It is, after all, only a label, and nothing important hangs on it. =============================== Marcus Smith AIM: Anaakoot "When you lose a language, it's like dropping a bomb on a museum." -- Kenneth Hale ===============================