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Re: Case

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: >
[paradigms snipped] Exactly so. As for the vocative: Normally in Romanian one uses the same form as the Nom./Acc, thus: Ion! (John!) Maria! (Mary!) doamn@! (lady!) prieteni! (friends!) copii! (children) [@ is written a-breve] But certain suffixes _may_ be used, namely: (a) Masculine singulars may add -(u)le or -e, e.g. prostule! (fool!) domnule! (sir!) omule! (man!) [not epicene :) ] Sandule! (Sandu!) [proper name] Ioane! (John!) (b) Feminine ending in -a may replace this with -o, e.g. Mario! Ano! (c) Plural nouns may add -lor, e.g. doamnelor Si domnilor! (Ladies & gentelmen!) [S is s-cedilla] Ray. ======================================== A mind which thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language. [J.G.Hamann - 1760] ========================================