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
> 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.