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Re: 2d case system

From:wayne chevrier <wachevrier@...>
Date:Tuesday, January 21, 2003, 17:17
>From: Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...> >Reply-To: Constructed Languages List <CONLANG@...> >To: CONLANG@LISTSERV.BROWN.EDU >Subject: Re: 2d case system >Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2003 23:25:41 +0100 > >En réponse à Peter Bleackley <Peter.Bleackley@...>: > >[snip description] > > > > > My wife's brother inherits his father's spear. > > AG AIP AP PG PIP PP > > > > Does anyone know of any language which has a similar system? > > > >Not a natlang, and not as thorough as you system, but my languages >Tj'a-ts'a~n >and O have something similar, though in different ways. In Tj'a-ts'a~n, >there >is a "genitive marker" which marks a noun completing another (and indicates >where the completed noun is since it's a prefix or a suffix depending on >whether the possessed nouns is before or after the possessor noun), but the >possessor must still bear a case mark indicating, in this case, the nature >of >the possession implied. The language also has an adjective marker which >works >the same way, but creates adjectives instead of possessive nouns. > >O has a construct state, or case of the *possessed* noun. Since in this >case >the possessed noun stays the center of the noun phrase. the construct state >prefix is added to an inflected form (or the function case prefix is added >after the construct state prefix has been added, I don't remember the order >: >(( ). > >So, nothing quite like what you describe, but the idea is the same. I don't >know any language that uses such a system, but it sure is an interesting >one. >It has shades of case agreement between nouns in the same noun phrases, >which >is a nice feature :) . >
Many Australian languages allow multiple case marking, e.g. The woman's husband's car was wrecked. woman-GEN-GEN-ABS husband-GEN-ABS car-ABS wreck-PAST -Wayne Chevrier _________________________________________________________________ The new MSN 8: smart spam protection and 2 months FREE*