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Re: Case

From:BP Jonsson <bpj@...>
Date:Wednesday, July 14, 1999, 21:20
At 09:28 -0700 14.7.1999, Matt Pearson wrote:

> >You're probably right. But "instrumental" is a more common case name >than "perlative", so I'll stick with the former. "Perlative" sounds >like one of those cases you only find in languages like Finnish, alongside >the essive, inessive, abessive and whatnot. :-) > >Matt.
There is no "perlative" in Finnish; there is a _translative_ case, but it denotes the result of a change, as in _tulee vanhaksi_ "s/he grows old". I always thought it extremely cool (and strange) to have a special case for that notion! Sanskrit uses the instrumental for "through" in the spatial sense, BTW, so that seems in order. "Perlative" somehow sounds strange even to a Latinist, somehow... Ray? /BP ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ B.Philip Jonsson <bpj@...> <melroch@...> Solitudinem faciunt pacem appellant! (Tacitus)