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Re: Case

From:Herman Miller <hmiller@...>
Date:Monday, July 12, 1999, 2:20
On Sun, 11 Jul 1999 16:19:00 -0400, nicole <now-im-nothing@...>

>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?
That sounds reasonable. Say you have a case marking on both the noun and adjective in a phrase: repeating a case marker (especially if it has more than one syllable) might be felt to be redundant, and the case marker = would hang on to the end of the phrase. tjaitchavalta zelivelta "without green tea" becomes tjaitcha zeli valta You can tell it has become a separate word in the second example since it lacks the vowel harmony of the first example. Yes, vowel harmony and lots of case endings are signs that Kaltani, or Ancient Elvish, was originally inspired by Finnish. In the redesigned version, I'm thinking of making it closer to the Alzetjan Elvish model. -- languages of Kolagia---> = +---<>--- Thryomanes /"If all Printers were determin'd not to print = any (Herman Miller) / thing till they were sure it would offend no = body, moc.oi @ rellimh <-/ there would be very little printed." -Ben = Franklin