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Order of cases

From:Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>
Date:Thursday, September 30, 2004, 15:49
On Thu, 30 Sep 2004 16:19:20 +0200, Henrik Theiling <theiling@...> wrote:
> pl. > NOM der das die die > ACC den das die die > DAT dem dem der den > GEN des des der der
Why do you use this particular order? Standard German order (as much as it has one) is NOM-GEN-DAT-ACC. This is so common that some even use e.g. "dritter Fall" (third case) for "Dativ", etc. (Interesting snippet: IIRC, "case" in this sense comes from Latin "cadere" 'to fall', from the idea that the oblique cases "fall" away from the nominative; the German "Fall" is, I presume, a straight translation of this.) When I saw a book in English for English people learning German, I remember being surprised that it had NOM-ACC-(don't remember the order of the other two). Is it because NOM=ACC for three of the four cases? Or some sort of "core" vs "oblique" thing? (Is "core" the right word I'm looking for here?) ObConlang: if your conlang uses IE-oid cases, in which order do you typically list them? Cheers, -- Philip Newton <philip.newton@...> Watch the Reply-To!


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