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Re: a very interesting case system

From:H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>
Date:Monday, February 3, 2003, 23:43
On Mon, Feb 03, 2003 at 05:48:27PM -0500, Robert B Wilson wrote:
> i just came up with a very interesting case system. the cases are: > causative, agentive, instrumental, benefactive, vocative, conformative, > locative, inessive, comitative, privative, superessive, subessive, > allative, ablative, introessive, elative, perlative, and circumlative > > anyone see what's so interesting about it? it doesn't have any case for > the direct object of a transitive verb, so this language could have only > intransitive verbs! hehehe! isn't that pure evil? ;)))
Not any more evil than Ebisedian. :-)
> here's a sentence i came up with: > filide tumana tasile kake bitane. > fly.PAST INSTR.hand.SING ALL.window CAUS.he AGNT.stone > "he threw the stone at the window."
[snip] This seems awfully similar to Ebisedian, where case markings are determined semantically (agent, instrument, direction, etc.) rather than syntactically (subject/object). T -- Perhaps the most widespread illusion is that if we were in power we would behave very differently from those who now hold it---when, in truth, in order to get power we would have to become very much like them. -- Unknown