case/adposition term

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schulze W.Schulze at LRZ.UNI-MUENCHEN.DE
Tue Jul 11 12:01:03 UTC 2006

Dear Martin, dears others,
sorry, in all the haste I have mixed up my two terms! Please read 
'relational echo' for the functional domain at issue (as opposed to 
referential echos that show up on verbs). So, my posting should read:

sure, it seems to make sense to search for a term that covers the 
functional commonalities of synthetic cases and what you call 
adpositions. Personally, I frequently refer to this aspect with the help 
of the term 'relational echoes' (as opposed to referential echoes that 
copy properties of referential entities onto the verbal domain). 
Relational echoes thus copy inherent verbal properties such as features 
of actancy, localization etc. onto the referential domain. The problem I 
see is to put pre- and postpostions into a single category 
(adpositions). Even though they seem to share certain functional 
features they are nevertheless of rather heterogenous nature: As far as 
I can see, prepositions stand in a much closer relationship with the 
verbal nucleus than postpositions (in fact, I treat prepositions usually 
as being a part of the verbal domain). Postpositions, on the other hand, 
are strongly referential in nature, often linked to their head in terms 
of a covert or overt possessive relation (or in terms of an appositional 
relation). Thus the 'relational echo' shows up with postpositions either 
through case-marking on the postposition or merely through the syntactic 

Best wishes and sorry again (it's rather hot in my office - perhaps 
that's why.....-)  ),

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schulze
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