|From:||Raymond A. Brown <raybrown@...>|
|Date:||Friday, July 16, 1999, 5:59|
At 9:57 pm -0500 15/7/99, Nik Taylor wrote:
>If that vocative is a genuine case-form in Modern Romanian, I'd, of
>course, only count three cases.
And at 9:38 pm -0700 15/7/99, Josh Brandt-Young wrote:
>There are indeed two true cases (plus vocative if it exists) as Nik
>stated; here are a few paradigms:
Exactly so. As for the vocative:
Normally in Romanian one uses the same form as the Nom./Acc, thus:
[@ is written a-breve]
But certain suffixes _may_ be used, namely:
(a) Masculine singulars may add -(u)le or -e, e.g.
omule! (man!) [not epicene :) ]
Sandule! (Sandu!) [proper name]
(b) Feminine ending in -a may replace this with -o, e.g.
(c) Plural nouns may add -lor, e.g.
doamnelor Si domnilor! (Ladies & gentelmen!)
[S is s-cedilla]
A mind which thinks at its own expense
will always interfere with language.
[J.G.Hamann - 1760]