Re: Language Change
|From:||Tom Wier <artabanos@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, January 9, 2000, 4:20|
Nik Taylor wrote:
> > What sorts of things cause a language to gain cases?
> Adpositions becoming affixes, I don't know what would *cause* that, but
> that's how they'd originate. For instance, suppose that /t(@)/ became a
> dative marker in English. In Spanish, the preposition _a_ indicates
> accusative, it's reasonable to suppose that at some future date it might
> become a prefix.
Right. If you're interested in those processes, Cambridge University
Press puts out a series of linguistics books; check out the one entitled
_Grammaticalisation_ (or some such thing).
> > This, paradoxically, can de-emphasize the importance of rhyme
> I don't see why that would be a paradox - poetry involves things that
> aren't part of prose. If rhymes occur all the time, it would lose its
Indeed, as late as the 17th century, Milton when writing _Paradise Lost_
had to excuse the fact that his verse was unrhymed, in imitation of the
"...Rime being no necessary Adjunct or true Ornament of Poem or good
Verse, in longer Works especially, but the Invention of a barbarous Age,
to set off wretched matter and lame Meeter...."
Latin and Greek being highly inflected languages, it was only too easy to
find rhyming words.
Tom Wier <artabanos@...>
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