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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 > be > ::*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. -- Jim Henry Conlang fluency survey -- there's still time to participate before I analyze the results and write the article


Matthew Turnbull <ave.jor@...>