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Re: Case

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Thursday, July 15, 1999, 1:26
Ed Heil wrote:
>=20 > There is in fact a theory that Indo-European case-endings are nothing > more than postpositions that got permanently fused onto the words -- a > situation the exact opposite of what would be happening in your > language.
Actually, that's a theory that cases are ALWAYS derived from fused adpositions. I suspect it's probably pretty rare, but I do know of one case - English's -'s ending, which has detached from the noun and moved to the end of the noun phrase, as in "the man I met last night's car", so, I suppose it's not totally unreasonable that case-suffixes could detach in the way Nicole proposed. --=20 Yaw=EDntasva natab=ED plansaf=ED nlak=FAsi The boy dies giving birth to the man ICQ #: 18656696 AIM screen-name: NikTailor