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Re: cases

From:Nokta Kanto <red5_2@...>
Date:Sunday, December 1, 2002, 20:11
On Sun, 1 Dec 2002 11:09:57 +0800, Florian Rivoal <florian@...> 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.
What about a case to express "for" and/or "because of"? I can't think of any natlangs that have this, but I know some conlangs do. Japanese has a postposition expressing "also", which is not listed as a case in the FAQ. You'll probably need a plan for how to deal with rare situations that aren't worth creating a new grammatical case for. One method is to use an open preposition system. (prepositions and cases serve the same purposes; speaking of which you might want to make a list of prepositions and look for the ones that are worth caseifying.) Another is to use verbs to indicate some things that we would use case for, such as a verb for "to be below".


Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>