Re: how can I tell a postposition from a case marker???
|From:||Jim Henry <jimhenry1973@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, November 16, 2008, 15:50|
On Thu, Nov 13, 2008 at 8:30 AM, Matthew Turnbull <ave.jor@...> wrote:
> So before recently, the scentence equivilant to "I walk towards a cat" would
> ::*vrotyomo indsa niiaoth*
> ::I.walk towards cat
> but for the last little while I've been saying
> ::*vrotyomo niiaothindsa*
> ::I.walk catwards
> but it only happens with verbs implying motion, like vrotyo, for a verb that
> does not imply motion it's still a preposition.
> ::*moktaomo indsa kufath*
> ::I.sit near dog
> So my question is, since it behaves very similarly to the other case markers
> like the instrumental, should I consider that for verbs of movement a new
> case has evolved, or that it has become a postposition, I really can't tell.
If it's had simply become a postposition, I would expect you could
find some situations where another word (an adjective, maybe?)
might go in between the noun and the "indsa" marker. If that never
happens, I would be more inclined to analyze it as having become
a case ending.
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