Re: Language Change
|From:||John Cowan <jcowan@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, January 5, 2000, 15:06|
Patrick Dunn wrote:
> I was unaware that languages could gain cases; I was always under the
> impression that languages tended to simplify, but now I see that "simple"
> is subjective, isn't it? Hmm.
Sure. The Finno-Ugric langs, with their 12-20 cases, descend from languages
with postpositions and far fewer cases. Sometimes the line between a
case marker and a pre/postposition is hard to draw.
> This is, as I said, from memory and probably entirely wrong, but it
> illustrates the idea. Take a look at Caedmon's hymn for another excessive
> example, in which names for God are heaped one on the other until you
> begin to dispair of ever seeing a verb again. :)
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