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Re: Old Albic minor update

From:Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...>
Date:Wednesday, August 30, 2006, 11:13

On Tue, 29 Aug 2006 20:46:01 -0500, Herman Miller wrote:

> Jörg Rhiemeier wrote: > > Hallo! > > > > I have made a few minor changes (two new cases, modified pronouns) to the > > grammar of Old Albic: > > > > > > > > I am planning a major overhaul at a later date, so comment on it > > (readablity, > > what is better moved to a separate article, etc.) is appreciated. > > > > ... brought to you by the Weeping Elf > > What you've got looks pretty good and well organized. Maybe a bit on the > long side for a wiki article, but you could easily split it up into > separate articles for each section if it starts getting too long.
I am indeed considering splitting it up. There are a few other changes in my "pipeline", such as more and better examples (some of the examples in the current version contain vocabulary that is up to revision); when I find the time to do them, I'll split the page.
> Interesting how the inanimate nouns have a smaller number of cases. Is > there a natlang precedent for that? (I know that neuter nouns in some > languages have ambiguous forms, but that's not quite the same thing.)
I don't surely know of any natlang precedent, but it occured to me that some cases really don't make much sense with inanimate nouns. What I know and gets closest to this is the avoidance of neuter transitive subjects in several of the older Indo-European languages. The common nominative-accusative form of IE neuters has been termes an "absolutive", with the corresponding ergative simply missing. I also dimly remember reading somewhere that in some Caucasian languages, inanimate nouns have no ergative. ... brought to you by the Weeping Elf