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Re: case problems

From:Costentin Cornomorus <elemtilas@...>
Date:Sunday, December 28, 2003, 22:11
--- Robert Jung <RobertMJung@...> wrote:
> Hi all, > > I have a problem. I'm creating a conlang > without any verbs or adjectives - just nouns > and case suffixes. > > I've got a problem with this sentence: 'I-NOM > give him-DAT the book-ACC'. In my lang, I've > got: 'The book is a gift from me to him'. I've > got 'me' as agent in the elative case ('from' - > is that right?), and 'him' in the dative case > ('to') - but I've been thinking 'him' should be > in dative and some other case meaning 'toward', > too.
Well, I suppose you could use either for "him". If you're stressing the action of giving, you might use the towards form; if you're simply describing the event, the plain dative should do: the book a gift from me towards him the book a gift from me to him You could parlay this into what passes in verbing languages as a progressive v. momentary distinction. Padraic. ===== la cieurgeourea provoer mal trasfu ast meiyoer ke 'l andrext ben trasfu. -- Ill Bethisad -- <> Come visit The World! -- <> .