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Re: Possession and genitivity

From:Patrick Littell <puchitao@...>
Date:Saturday, April 30, 2005, 2:27
On 4/29/05, Herman Miller <hmiller@...> wrote:

> How do prepositions fit into this; in languages that have prepositions > which govern the genitive case, are these prepositions generally derived > from nouns?
This definitely appears to be the case. Not every language with adpositions governing the genitive, or every adposition in such a language, but I think the generalization is largely valid. In some of these languages, the adpositions still retain other nouny properties, such as the ability to take case themselves. I believe Ladakhi (Tibeto-Burman) has this feature, for example. I don't think the converse generalization holds; many languages have adpositions derived from nouns that govern cases other that genitive (or other such adnominal cases). Pat -- Watch "reply-to"!