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Re: Case

From:J. Barefoot <ataiyu@...>
Date:Sunday, July 11, 1999, 23:16
>From: nicole <now-im-nothing@...> >Reply-To: now-im-nothing@GEOCITIES.COM >To: Multiple recipients of list CONLANG <CONLANG@...> >Subject: Re: Case >Date: Sun, 11 Jul 1999 16:19:00 -0400 > >OK, to respond to my own post, I may have come up with a solution to my >problem, tell me if this sounds normal/possible. (The problem was, that >I liked have all those cases, but it just got to be a pain). Would it >sound possible for a language with a very extensive case system to have >some but not all cases change into adpositions, which required a case >all their own? Say, for instance, all my local cases were to detach >from the noun and become postpositions (of course, in this case, my >prepositional case would be postpositional...but anyway), and when a >noun was used with a postposition it required a postpositional case, >which had zero ending? Maybe I can explain that better... All my other >cases have suffixes that mark them. If there was NO marking at all, >then that would be postpositional case (because no suffix was left on >the words after the local cases were detached) and all the postpositions >that the language used would be derived from those original local >cases. And maybe that would be one dialect of the language, while the >one with many cases would be a different dialect. The dialect with >cases might be literary, or more for the upper class, who are trying to >retain the way the language was in olden times. Does this sound >reasonable? >Sorry I explained it in such a roundabout way, but I couldn't help it. > >Nicole
Sounds great. I especially like the part about different systems for the different dialects/registers. Very interesting. Jennifer ps. seems like I know that address from somewhere other than the mailing list, nicole. No, I probably dreamed it. nevermind. _______________________________________________________________ Get Free Email and Do More On The Web. Visit