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Re: Case

From:Kristian Jensen <kljensen@...>
Date:Monday, July 12, 1999, 22:14
nicole wrote:
> I'm just curious, but those of you who do use case in your language, =
> many do you have? Where does it go from being "cool" to just plain > unworkable?
Boreanesian gets away with just three cases, which is perhaps the=20 absolute minimum in any language. Until recently, I've been calling=20 them: core, oblique, and genitive. But now I have decided to rename=20 them: absolutive, oblique, and relative respectively. The absolutive marks the focus of a sentence, while the relative is=20 used to mark non-oblique arguments that are not in focus. The=20 absolutive is also used to mark nominal predicates, while the=20 relative is also used to mark genitive relations. The oblique is an=20 all-purpose marker applied to spatio-temporal frames. It is also used=20 to mark existential/possessive/locational predicates. -kristian- 8)