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Re: cases

From:Florian Rivoal <florian@...>
Date:Sunday, December 1, 2002, 3:09
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:

Nominative for subject
accusative for direct object
dative for indirect object
gentive for possession
vocative for calling

first question : Am i right with these 5?
second : what other functions do these cases occasionaly have?
third :What other cases can there be, and what is there use?

I am know there is also difference between accusative systems, and ergative
systems. I am mainly intrested in accusative for the moment, but if some one
wants to say something about ergative too, he is welcome.


Peter Clark <peter-clark@...>
Cian Ross <cian@...>
Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>