|From:||Ed Heil <edheil@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, July 11, 1999, 4:34|
> My conlang used to have a really really elaborate case system, with
> probably about twenty five different cases. Recently I decided to
> change this to just a few:
> prepositional(?)-does anyone have a better name for that-its for use
> after prepositions, obviously
That's not only a very reasonable system, it *IS* the Latin case
system. Well, not exactly, but close. The "prepositional" case in
Latin is called the "Ablative", after one of its uses (by no means the
most common one) -- expressing movement away from something, often with
the preposition "ab" ("away from").
Actually the ablative is kind of a catch-all case. Most prepositions
take the ablative or either the ablative or accusative (the accusative
is often used with prepositions that have a meaning of "movement
"Prepositional" is a perfectly good name for a case, but if you want to
be a little more traditional, do like Latin grammarians did, and pick a
common usage for this case and name it after that. Or even a
Note that if you want a little extra jolt of realism, you might want to
have a meaning for that case used by itself, without a preposition.
Like in Latin, if you use the ablative without a preposition, it
becomes an instrumental, meaning "by means of ___".
You might even want to name the case after its bare, "without a
But when it comes down to it, there's really nothing wrong with calling
it the "prepositional" case!