|Date:||Tuesday, September 12, 2000, 23:13|
Raymond Brown wrote:
> PS - I also knew that some Romanian proper nouns do have separate vocative
Actually, it's animates, especially human. But it can also be used for
common nouns, like omule (man), cumàtrule or cumetre (Grandfather - I
used grave for breve) - it usually occurs in the definite form.
According to the Rumanian article in The World's Major Languages (which,
BTW, I got for my last birthday):
The vocative is under very heavy pressure and is likely to disappear.
Its occurrence in the modern language, as limited as it is, is felt to
be a Slavonic legacy - in particular, feminines in -o (Ano [from Ana];
vulpe "vixen" --> vulpeo "o vixen" - though this later is admittedly
rare). This directly reflects a Slavonic termination and cannot readily
be accounted for by normal evolution from the Latin vocatives.
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