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Re: Cases and adpositions

From:Pablo David Flores <pablo-flores@...>
Date:Sunday, August 4, 2002, 21:49
Nihil Sum <nihilsum@...> writes:

> David Peterson wrote: > > >Noun Cases: > >1.) Nominative: --: 2kk2 (hand) > ... > >55.) Distributive*: -zFr, 2kk2jzer (each hand separately) > > Yeah, I think you're exploring that grey area between the case and the > adposition / suffix. I don't think you should have proper "names" for all of > them the way you do though. What if you use a suffix, or agglutinate a local > noun, meaning "left of..." have you created number 56, the Sinisteressive?
Don't you feel a tendency to label everything in your language, just to legitimize it? It might be impossible to resist. I know. :) My Senu Yivokuchi doesn't have many cases (genitive/ablative, dative/allative, commitative and essive) but I also have a number of inflections that I hesitate on naming, like this "sinisteressive". There's a class of nouns (mostly body parts) that have a three-way marking system like this: tichen 'both hands' viechen 'left hand' jichen 'right hand' On the adposition issue... I'm trying to have as few as possible, so I'm resorting to nouns, as I understand Japanese often does (cf. _tame_, _naka_, etc.). For example: guro more nekhide ALLATIVE-purpose things happening-COPULA 'for things to happen' / 'to make things happen' Locative and some temporal expressions have corresponding nouns this way. Of course, it's a matter of terminology whether you call these nouns, which are heavily restricted in usage, real nouns or simply prepositions with a lineage. --Pablo Flores