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CHAT: Prepositions governing nominative,(X)... case [was Re: CHAT: Back on the list; Anti-conlangingbigots]

From:Matthew Kehrt <matrix14@...>
Date:Wednesday, December 12, 2001, 2:17
How much sense does it make to have the nominative and accusative
marked, but the genetive unmarked?
i.e., Eviendadhail:
idan - man NOM
edan - man ACC
dan - man gen


Andreas Johansson wrote:

> > > >Generally speaking, no, but it really depends on the number > >of distinct cases in the language and what kinds of other uses they > >might have and how they uses interact with one another. Is the > >accusative morphologically marked by <null>, while the nominative > >takes some special ending? Such a system is not unheard of, though > >it is far rarer than special marking for the accusative and no marking > >for the nominative. > > Well, Kalini have Semitoid base system, where the second vowel of a noun > showing case: > > kazal "woman (ACC)" > kazul "woman (NOM)" > kazil "woman's" (pronounced [kaZil]) > > So arguably the nominative is no less or more marked than the accusative, > but hitherto, the nominative is only used for subjects and the genitive for > possession/association. > > Andreas > > _________________________________________________________________ > Get your FREE download of MSN Explorer at


Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Talpas Tim <tim@...>Prepositions governing nominative,(X)... case [was Re: CHAT: