|From:||Wesley Parish <wes.parish@...>|
|Date:||Monday, December 2, 2002, 8:20|
On Monday 02 December 2002 07:12 am, you wrote:
> Do people make a distinction between case inflexion and case usage
> If a (hypothetical?) language has no noun/pronoun inflexions, but the
> nouns and pronouns have subject, object (direct/indirect) object of
> preposition, etc. uses, is this a language without case?
Case refers to the sound changes for particular roles a word plays in a
sentence. It follows that if a word makes no changes for any of those roles,
it can't be a case system, can it now?
> David Barrow
Mau e ki, "He aha te mea nui?"
You ask, "What is the most important thing?"
Maku e ki, "He tangata, he tangata, he tangata."
I reply, "It is people, it is people, it is people."