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
(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'