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THEORY: Adpositions taking the nominative [was Re: CHAT: Back on the list; Anti-conlanging bigots]

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Sunday, December 9, 2001, 5:40
Quoting Kala Tunu <kalatunu@...>:

> As for Esperanto, i thought that the accusative -n tag is > not needed after a preposition because the object of the > preposition always immediately follows the preposition so > the word order is clear enough without the -n accusative > tag.
That would be a fine explanation except for one thing: you *never* see prepositions with the accusative -n tag and not change the meaning fairly substantially, also. It's not an option; saying * {Mi iris en la domon. {I went around in the house. is ungrammatical with the above meaning. The -n is clearly functioning differently from regular patient role marking. ===================================================================== Thomas Wier <trwier@...> <> "...koruphàs hetéras hetére:isi prosápto:n / Dept. of Linguistics mú:tho:n mè: teléein atrapòn mían..." University of Chicago "To join together diverse peaks of thought / 1010 E. 59th Street and not complete one road that has no turn" Chicago, IL 60637 Empedocles, _On Nature_, on speculative thinkers