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Re: Absolute constructions

From:Rob Haden <magwich78@...>
Date:Sunday, April 17, 2005, 16:04
On Fri, 15 Apr 2005 15:00:05 -0000, caeruleancentaur
<caeruleancentaur@...> wrote:

>In the most recent issue of "The Journal of Indo-European Studies" is >an article entitled "Absolute Constructions in Slavic: Case Diversity >and Orginality" by Daniela S. Hristova. > >It was fascinating to learn that different IE languages use different >cases for their absolutes. Slavic uses the dative, Latin uses the >ablative, Sanskrit uses the locative, and Greek the genitive. The >purpose of the article was to demonstrate that absolute constructions >in the Slavic languages were in the dative case and not some other >construction. With her data, the author supports the assumption that >absolute constructions in the daughter languages are inherited from >the protolanguage.
I agree. This thread inspired me to look more into the absolute constructions of various IE languages. It seems that the different case- endings were able to give different nuances or shades of meaning: Genitive: durative 'while/as X...' Locative: punctual 'with X...' Ablative: resultative 'because of X...' So, probably all the cases used in the daughter languages for absolute constructions were used as such in IE. - Rob