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Re: cases

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Sunday, December 1, 2002, 20:42
En réponse à Pavel Iosad <pavel_iosad@...>:

> > Or the French of the 14th century (is there a Middle French?),
Yes. But there is jsut one problem: the two case system had already disappeared (even in writing) by the middle of the 14th century. You should talk about Old French if you want to talk about the two-case system :))) . whioch
> had a nicely compact system: > > Sg. Pl. > Direct roy roys > Oblique roys roy >
But awfully ambiguous, with only one mark for all those forms (and a mark which was already falling from speech). And it was fully working only for masculine nouns (as well as those special nouns which had a spcial form for the singular subject, like: Sg. Pl. Direct ber barons Oblique barons baron) Feminine nouns already had reduced this declension into a singular vs. plural alternation. Christophe. Take your life as a movie: do not let anybody else play the leading role.


Joe <joe@...>