Theiling Online    Sitemap    Conlang Mailing List HQ    Attic   

Re: Case

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Friday, July 16, 1999, 2:57
Padraic Brown wrote:
> Well, I only _supposed_; and wasn't intent on connecting the two parts in > that way, but OK. I also suppose one could argue 5 Latin cases (with an > occasional appearance by the vocative making for six). :) It's been done > with English as well.
I read a brief grammar of Romanian that claimed the existence of five cases - nominative, accusative, genitive, dative, and vocative, with nominative and accusative being identical in form, and genitive and dative being identical in form, and vocative having a distinct form (altho I'd never heard of a vocative case in Romanian - is that an archaism?) I believe the example was something like Nominative homul (the man) Accusative homul (the man) Genetive homului (of the man) Dative homului (to the man) Vocative homule (Oh man!) If that vocative is a genuine case-form in Modern Romanian, I'd, of course, only count three cases. -- "If all Printers were determin'd not to print any thing till they were sure it would offend no body, there would be very little printed" - Benjamin Franklin ICQ #: 18656696 AIM screen-name: NikTailor