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Re: Case

From:Padraic Brown <pbrown@...>
Date:Sunday, July 11, 1999, 19:38
il di wenoers il 9 l'Ecuis 1.999, Nicolla yscreus:

> I'm just curious, but those of you who do use case in your language, how > many do you have? Where does it go from being "cool" to just plain > unworkable?
Dumnonian grammarians define for Kernu 3 cases (nominative, dative and accusative). Not too "imaginative" perhaps, but it's a Romance language, so what do you expect? :) There is also a possessive case (genitive), but they consider that a part of the accusative. They allow it official existence only for a small group of eclectic words. The nom., apart from it's normal functions, also serves at times as an instrumental case. The dative is used for indirect objects, direct objects of sensory verbs, some possessive constructions and adjectives of fitness and appropriateness. The accusative basically does everything else. Someone or other mentioned the idea that SOV langs tend to retain case markers, while SVO tend to lose them. Well, surprise, surprise: Kernu is adamantly SOV. When it's not being cantankerously something else, anyway. Padraic.
> Nicole > -- > "What's it going to be then, eh?"
perry mi, yn ngesse tostu e'n ndrais. For me, a cheese toasted & a pint (of beer).