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Re: Case

From:Padraic Brown <pbrown@...>
Date:Friday, July 16, 1999, 2:42
On Thu, 15 Jul 1999, Nik Taylor wrote:

> Padraic Brown wrote: > > It has four by mine. > > Not this again! :-) As I said last time we had this debate - English > has two MORPHOLOGICAL cases, and four SYNTACTIC cases
Now, Nik, at least _I_ didn't bring it up! But once it's brought up ...
> > > I suppose one could > > argue that, for ex., Spanish nouns don't have case: when the need arises > > for specifying the nouns function within the sentence, you simply pick the > > correct preposition. > > Well, by the argument you have for four in English, Spanish would have > two - nominative and accusative, which is sometimes marked by _a_
Well, I only _supposed_; and wasn't intent on connecting the two parts in that way, but OK. I also suppose one could argue 5 Latin cases (with an occasional appearance by the vocative making for six). :) It's been done with English as well. Padraic.