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Re: cases

From:H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>
Date:Sunday, December 1, 2002, 18:55
On Sun, Dec 01, 2002 at 10:46:18PM +0800, Florian Rivoal wrote:
> >Are you right with these five? If you're asking whether a language could > >get along with only these five cases for its nouns and pronouns, I'd say > >"yes." > I know it is possible to get along with thoose one. But what i like in > conlanging is to create something original, or at least unusual. And > those 5 seems terribly usual to me.
<shameless plug> Mmmm. Have you taken a look at Ebisedian's case system yet? If you want something original, that is. I believe Ebisedian's case system is quite unique... though I haven't actually seen the systems Jesse Bangs created, which he said was similar to Ebisedian. If you're more comfortable with subject/object syntax, then Ebisedian probably isn't for you. In Ebisedian, there is no subject or object; but all noun cases are "first class citizens". For this reason, the noun cases have no equivalent to nominative/accusative, nor ergative/absolutive. The five cases are: originative, receptive, instrumental, conveyant, locative. Any of these may serve as a "subject"; their usage is more semantic than syntactic. Anyway, I won't re-explain what has already been adequately explained before, so take a look at: for more info about how the Ebisedian case system works. Mind you, as things stand currently, Ebisedian can probably make good use of a few additional (non-core) cases; so if you adapt the Ebisedian case system you can probably add a few more cases to suit your tastes. </shameless plug> T -- Don't modify spaghetti code unless you can eat the consequences.