[Lingtyp] Cases of loss of goal markers

Ponrawee Prasertsom ponrawee.pra at gmail.com
Fri Jan 11 18:52:40 UTC 2019

Dear all,

I am looking for languages where goal markers (case affixes, prepositions,
etc. corresponding to English *to*) developed into zero, i.e. are lost.
That is, from something like *I go to school *to *I go school. *Does anyone
know of such cases?

Currently, I am aware of only one such case: goal preposition loss on Asia
Minor Greek (Karatsareas and Georgakopoulos 2016), which reconstructs
history from variation among dialects (se > se/∅ > ∅).

Ideally, I would like cases with attested historical data, but
reconstruction or any other relevant data such as ongoing change etc. is
also welcome.


Karatsareas, Petros and Thanasis Georgakopoulos. 2016. From syntagmatic to
paradigmatic spatial zeroes: The loss of the preposition se in inner Asia
Minor Greek. STUF - Language Typology and Universals, 69(2), 309-340.

Yours sincerely,

Ponrawee Prasertsom

Graduate Student
Department of Linguistics
Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University
Bangkok, Thailand
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