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Re: cases

From:Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>
Date:Sunday, December 1, 2002, 16:46
Peter Clakr wrote:
>On Saturday 30 November 2002 09:09 pm, Florian Rivoal wrote: > > I am considering creating an inflected conlang (i have not started at >all, > > just thinking of it). But i have a problem: I don't know much about >cases. > > I could create some out of nowhere(i maybe i will for some) for my lang, > > but i would like first to know what existing natlangs or conlang have. I >am > > only familiar with five of them: > Well, you could start with the FAQ. :) >(, >search for "Introduction to Cases.") It's in desperate need of revision and >polishing, but it's a start. > > > first question : Am i right with these 5? > Well, that's one possible system, out of many. I think the bare >minimum is >three (assuming an accusative system); nominative, accusative, and >oblique/genitive/dative (pick one). English, for instance, has case >remnants: >accusative and genitive show up in the pronouns (me/my) as well as the 's >possessive ending. If there are langs (con- or nat-) that only have two, >I'd >be interested in hearing about it.
I think Old French just had nominative and accusative? Or am I mixing stuff up? At any rate, what'd be surprising about it? Andreas _________________________________________________________________ Add photos to your messages with MSN 8. Get 2 months FREE*.