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'per': was: Artyom Kouzminykh: Answers & proposal

From:Boudewijn Rempt <bsarempt@...>
Date:Friday, August 20, 1999, 18:58
On Fri, 20 Aug 1999, Charles wrote:

> Lingua Franca seems to have had only one case, plus the use of prepositional > "per" to mark anything other than the subject (which need not be nominative). > Very weird, even "worse" than Spanish "a" for both accusative and dative.
That's actually a very well-known phenomenon: most pidgins will have one preposition that indicates all sorts of relations. For example, Tok Pising _bilong_, Denden _tan_ ;-) and there are others. See Holm (John Holm. 1988. _Pidgins and Creoles_. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, esp. p. 73) for details. That page has made me wonder whether more 'naive' conlangs have a pidgin-like construction. (With naive, I mean, conlangs made when the conlanger didn't have much linguistic knowledge, like me when I started out with Denden.) Boudewijn Rempt |