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Re: Case problem in Nekiloti

From:JS Bangs <jaspax@...>
Date:Monday, August 12, 2002, 17:16
Joel sikyal:

> Nekiloti nouns have inflected case. However, most cases are indicated > with word participles.
If it's indicated with a "word participle," then it's not properly a case. Just to be picky. Oh, and I'm pretty sure that you mean "particle," not "participle." A participle is a form of a verb that acts as an adjective or noun.
> A Nekiloti noun can exist in pure nomitive form. (being a subject) or > accusative form or a mixture of one of those and a special form called > "effective". Accufective and Nomifective.
Spelling: you mean "nominative." "Nomitive" is not a word in English.
> E.g.. Cat gives hairball to mouse. > Irk savoni eactus miacot vi. > > Gives cat hairball mouse to. > > Verb nomifective accusative accusative to case participle.
I don't understand why the cat is "nomifective" here, and not just plain nominative. As for the case particle, there's not trouble there. I would call "vi" a postposition, however, and say that it governs the accusative case, rather than calling it the "to case particle." Aside from the nomifective/accufective thing, which you never explain, this seems like a straightforward nom-acc system, in which postpositions govern the accusative. Some more examples of the effective cases would be helpful. Jesse S. Bangs "If you look at a thing nine hundred and ninety-nine times, you are perfectly safe; if you look at it the thousandth time, you are in frightful danger of seeing it for the first time." --G.K. Chesterton


Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>