Re: Cases + Word Order?
|From:||jesse stephen bangs <jaspax@...>|
|Date:||Monday, February 19, 2001, 21:06|
Christophe Grandsire sikayal:
> En réponse à Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg.rhiemeier@...>:
> > I see no problem with this. If understand you correctly, you mean
> > having a single case for both subject and direct object, plus several
> > oblique cases, and tell subject and object apart by word order.
> > Right?
> > I think such languages actually exist. (If I am not mistaken,
> > Rumanian
> > is one of them.)
> > Jörg.
> Well, of course I should have thought of Rumanian! It had striked me when I had
> discovered that it had cases but didn't distinguish nominative from
> accusative... Still, doesn't it sometimes use the preposition "pe" to mark the
> object of a verb?
Yep. The marker 'pe' is mandatory when the object is a person, and it's
optional elsewhere, especially when emphasis is needed or the word order
Vreau o carte.
I-want a book.
Pe o carte vreau.
[ACC] a book I-want.
The second one isn't exactly normal spoken Romanian, but it's grammatical.
Jesse S. Bangs firstname.lastname@example.org
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