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Prepositions from nouns (was Re: Possession and genitivity)

From:Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...>
Date:Sunday, May 1, 2005, 16:40

On Thu, 28 Apr 2005 23:19:14 -0500,
Herman Miller <hmiller@...> wrote:

> How do prepositions fit into this; in languages that have prepositions > which govern the genitive case, are these prepositions generally derived > from nouns?
I think it cannot be generalized, but they often are (i.e, `on X' < `top of X') , and sometimes still behave like nouns. (ObConlang:) In Old Albic, local prepositions such as `above', `below', `behind' etc. are actually nouns that are inflected for case (and as if it wasn't enough, the noun phrase governed by the preposition shows suffixaufnahme): (1) tharas amaras mbararas behind-LOC the:I-LOC-LOC house-LOC-LOC `behind the house' (2) tharana amarana mbararana behind-ALL the:I-LOC-ALL house-LOC-ALL `to behind the house' (3) tharada amarada mbararada behind-ABL the:I-LOC-ABL house-LOC-ALL `from behind the house' Greetings, Jörg.