Case markings versus adpostions
|From:||Matthew Kehrt <matrix14@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, May 26, 2002, 23:25|
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? Do any natlangs rely entirely on one method for
both of these things? If not, where do they draw the line? I know some
natlangs (Finnish?) have a huge (~30) number of cases. Do they also
The distinction between the two things seems rather arbitrary. However,
it seems to occur in almost all natlangs. Is there a reason for this,
or is it 'just the way things are'?