Re: Case markings versus adpostions
|From:||H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>|
|Date:||Monday, May 27, 2002, 17:21|
On Sun, May 26, 2002 at 07:26:08PM -0400, Matthew Kehrt wrote:
> Hello, all!
> I was wondering about where to draw the line between cases and
> adpositions. Currently, in Eviendadhail, there is no division. Case is
> treated as a subset of adpositions, those that can only describe a verb.
> Case and adpositional status are marked by the same method. That is,
> the subject of a sentence is thought to be describing the verb, in the
> same way the phrase 'in a box' could be used to describe a noun.
> How realistic is this?[snip]
I'm not sure how realistic it is, but I know of a conlang where case is
marked by *optional* adpositions. (IIRC, the conlang is called "Odonien".)
When you stick with the "normal" word order, you can drop the case
markings altogether; only if you move words around, you need to add the
case markings to disambiguate the meaning.
Just FYI. :-)
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