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Re: Language Change

From:Tom Wier <artabanos@...>
Date:Sunday, January 9, 2000, 5:27
John Cowan wrote:

> 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.
I don't think it's hard if you define your terminology right. I think the primary distinction is that case markers need not necessarily be bound morphemes (they're just some morphological representation of case, whether free or bound), while pre- and postpositions are (in my use, at least) always free morphemes. For case markers that are bound, I use some variant of "affix". =========================================== Tom Wier <artabanos@...> AIM: Deuterotom ICQ: 4315704 <> "Cogito ergo sum, sed credo ergo ero." ===========================================