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Re: CHAT: Back on the list; Anti-conlanging bigots

From:Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>
Date:Saturday, December 8, 2001, 14:40
I wrote:
> >Anton Sherwood wrote: >>"Thomas R. Wier" wrote: >> > one day we were discussing how GB handles case marking, and the >> > question arose whether there are any languages whose adpositions >> > assign nominative case. I mentioned that I knew off the top of my >> > head of no natural languages which marked case in that way, though >> > I did know of a constructed language [Esperanto] that did this. . . . >> >>um . . . remind me? > >Hmm, as some people on this list may be aware, Tairezazh and Steianzh >violate this rule by having prepositions followed by the nominative*. Now, >in Kalini Sapak the accusative is the most basic case (used as the lexical >form, as vocative etc). So, does this mean that it be unnatural to have >adpositions govern accusative? It'd feel to me extremely weird to have the >adpositions govern the nominative (otherwised strictly reserved for >subjects), and I really don't want to have all adpositions govern genitive.
Anybody wonder about that apostrophe? I was intending to add a note, saying that for over a year I've been trying to decide whether I shall "rectify" this by introducing a special prepositional case in the part lang, which would coincide in form witht nominative, but forgot it. Andreas _________________________________________________________________ Get your FREE download of MSN Explorer at