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Re: cases

From:Padraic Brown <pbrown@...>
Date:Monday, September 11, 2000, 23:45
On Mon, 11 Sep 2000, Thomas R. Wier wrote:

>Nik wrote: > >> "Thomas R. Wier" wrote: >> > That would make them "core" and "oblique" cases, respectively. >> >> But those aren't the terms traditionally used. They're called >> Nominative/Accusative and Genitive/Dative. There's also a Vocative case >> which is usually the same as nominative/accusative, but does differ for >> some nouns. > >Calling the Romanian cases "nominative/accusative" and >"genitive/dative" is about like calling English's cases >"nominative/vocative" and >"accusative/dative/ablative/instrumental/locative" just because Latin >happened to use those names for those functions.
Why? At least Romanian is a Latin derived tongue. I'd call our cases nominative, genitive and dative/accusative.
>The names of the cases in a given language ought to be given >according to the function of the cases in that language, and not just >because some other language happened to have cases which overlap with >those of the language in question. Remember: every language's case >system is unique, and so the labels we apply to them are fairly >arbitrary.
On the other hand, it is pretty damned handy to have names that are similar across several language (families). It's just a matter of learning how they all use their cases. Padraic.
> >====================================== >Tom Wier | "Cogito ergo sum, sed credo ergo ero." >====================================== >