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Re: Case

From:Lars Henrik Mathiesen <thorinn@...>
Date:Friday, July 16, 1999, 16:12
> Date: Wed, 14 Jul 1999 20:26:30 -0500 > From: Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
> 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.
Danish is doing the same thing (and has been doing it from before the current heavy English influence began). But on top of that, I believe that the -s in Danish is beginning to be able to 'decliticize' and form an independent phonological word under special circumstances. One is when a speaker has started out with a full noun phrase without -s, and wants to save their sentence by making it genitive. Instead of repeating the last word with -s or using a resumptive pronoun, 's' comes out alone, strongly stressed, sometimes after a pause of a second or two. Another is after complex noun phrases like Nick's example above. Again, the -s is strongly stressed, sometimes more strongly than the word it's attached to. Perhaps by the time my grandchildren are old, Danish will have a genitive postposition 'es'. Lars Mathiesen (U of Copenhagen CS Dep) <thorinn@...> (Humour NOT marked)