Save of the dative, the genitive's is already dead!
|From:||Carsten Becker <naranoieati@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, June 11, 2005, 22:40|
My dad recently got angry about the question why the genitive disappears
more and more in German. I didn't know the reason or if there is a
comparable process in other languages. However, the genitive can be
replaced by a dative construction in all places in spoken language. This
has become more and more popular over the years so that most people
(including me) don't use the genitive anymore except in 'formal'
environments such as school or in writing. Hence the saying "Save of the
dative, the genitive's is already dead!".
Another question (my question) is, why the conjunction "weil"
("because", also governing genitive case!) developed towards triggering
SVO in the following undoubtly subordinate clause, although the standard
word order in subordinate clauses is SOV.