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Re: cases

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Sunday, December 1, 2002, 20:20
En réponse à Peter Clark <peter-clark@...>:

> Well, that's one possible system, out of many. I think the bare > minimum is > three (assuming an accusative system); nominative, accusative, and > oblique/genitive/dative (pick one).
Why? Old French had two cases only (subject and oblique), and they disappeared not because it was not a stable situation but because sound changes had made the case marks disappear slowly. Christophe. Take your life as a movie: do not let anybody else play the leading role.