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Re: a case-free language?

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Thursday, October 7, 2004, 12:12
Date:    Wed, 6 Oct 2004 10:06:41 +0200
From:    taliesin the storyteller <taliesin-conlang@...>
Subject: Re: a case-free language?

> > > (i) Not repeated for each NP in coordinate phrases > > > (ii) Does not merge morphologically with another word > > > > The first of these is the criterion that actually distinguishes cases > > from postpositions; the second is only a practical concern not actually > > related to case-marking as such, but to boundedness in morphology. > > So how about a language where all suffixes common to two NPs can move > onto the conjunction that is joining them together? There is some degree > of morphological merger as well.
Could you provide a real world example of this? This still wouldn't provide case as such, since the thematic-assigners (to use a term that does not favor one analysis over the other) would not be part of the separate NPs. They thus couldn't be morphologically merged with those Ns, either. ========================================================================= Thomas Wier "I find it useful to meet my subjects personally, Dept. of Linguistics because our secret police don't get it right University of Chicago half the time." -- octogenarian Sheikh Zayed of 1010 E. 59th Street Abu Dhabi, to a French reporter. Chicago, IL 60637