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:
> m.sg. n.sg. f.sg. 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
ObConlang: if your conlang uses IE-oid cases, in which order do you
typically list them?
Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>
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