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Re: cases

From:Nik <fortytwo@...>
Date:Tuesday, September 12, 2000, 23:13
Raymond Brown wrote:
> PS - I also knew that some Romanian proper nouns do have separate vocative > singulars.
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. -- "Only two things are infinite - the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the universe." - Albert Einstein ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor