haspelmath at EVA.MPG.DE
Tue Jul 11 09:53:22 UTC 2006
I have a terminological question:
Cases and adpositions have many properties in common, so it is useful to
have a term for a broader concept that includes both. I know of three
proposals for such a broader concept:
I'm interested in places in the literature where one of these three
choices has been explicitly adopted, and of course in alternatives that
I don't know about.
I have used (2) ("flag") myself in recent work (a 2005 paper published
in "Linguistic Discovery", see
but I know that I didn't invent it. I think I have heard it in the
context of Relational Grammar.
(3) is clearly the most widespread -- people routinely refer to
adpositional markers as "case markers", but it has the disadvantage of
introducing a polysemy of the term "case" (unless one abandons the old
case concept and only talks about "analytic cases" and "synthetic
cases"). Still, I'm interested in places in the literature where this
terminological choice is explicitly adopted.
Martin Haspelmath (haspelmath at eva.mpg.de)
Max-Planck-Institut fuer evolutionaere Anthropologie, Deutscher Platz 6
Tel. (MPI) +49-341-3550 307, (priv.) +49-341-980 1616
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