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Re: coexisting case question

From:Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>
Date:Tuesday, September 9, 2008, 17:40

Eldin Raigmore writes:
>... >>'Construct state'. It is a different category from 'case'. > > Doesn't "state" also have "definite" and "indefinite", and/or > possibly "specific/referential" and "nonspecific/nonreferential", as > values? Or is that true only in some languages with a "construct > state", but not in, for instance, Arabic? Or am I just confused?
Definite/indefinite is precisely the point here: the construct state has the same noun form as the definite state, only instead of an article, a different defining clause comes into play: the genitive noun.
>... > I wasn't aware of that! What're a few good uses of nouns in > construct state and genitive case simultaneously? >...
It occurs regularly in chained genitive constructions: father's book's page 'book' would be in both construct state and genitive case. **Henrik


Eric Christopherson <rakko@...>