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Re: inalienable possession

From:Didier Willis <dwillis@...>
Date:Wednesday, November 18, 1998, 18:44
Nik Taylor wrote:
> > > Couldn't it be in some natlangs the origin of their cases? I've > > read somewhere that prepositions came often from others nouns or > > verbs. > > Imagine the evolution: verbs->pre-postpositions->case endings (or > > beginnings). > > Almost always verbs --> postpositions --> case-endings. It's > probably quite common, I don't know of any examples, but that > process would probably take a long time, so it's not surprising > that there'd be no known examples. We know of > verbs --> adpositions, and postpositions --> case-endings. > For example: the English verbs "concern" had the participle > "concerning", which is now a preposition. Mandarin Chinese > uses the verb "give" as a preposition marking indirect object.
Oops... In Almaqerin I used the following evolution: case endings --> suffixes --> postpositions --> prepositions The switch from postpositions to prepositions is a feature of Almaqerin, whereas the 'brother' language Sitarwelas only shows: case endings --> suffixes / postpositions (suffixes are still bound to the noun, but do not decline anymore) I thought that "case endings" were very ancient features in (real) languages, and that the evolution I adopted would look quite natural. Perhaps that's not the case? Didier. -- -