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Re: Noun Cases

From:H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>
Date:Tuesday, March 2, 2004, 12:32
On Tue, Mar 02, 2004 at 07:22:54AM +0100, takatunu wrote:
> John Cowan <cowan@...> wrote: > <<<< > The distinction, when it is made (not always), is that "why?" asks for the > material cause of something, but "wherefore?" asks for the final cause: > the purpose or justification. > <<<<
[...] Cool, thanks for the description, which is just what I need in the Ebisédian grammar. :-) In Ebisédian, the distinction is made using the case of the interrogative noun. E.g.: gh0' kele? - Why did this happen? (What caused this?) interrog-ORG pro-v ghu' kele? - Wherefore did this happen? (To what end interrog-RCP pro-v did this happen?) There is also a third distinction using the instrumental case: gha' kele? - How (by what means) did this happen? interrog-INSTR pro-v T -- The right half of the brain controls the left half of the body. This means that only left-handed people are in their right mind. -- Manoj Srivastava