[Lingtyp] Cases of loss of goal markers

Giorgio Francesco Arcodia giorgio.arcodia at unimib.it
Fri Jan 11 19:45:25 UTC 2019

Dear colleague,

Something like that happened in quite a few Northern Chinese dialects.
Generally, however, while the goal marker (you could say it's a suffix on
the verb) in itself disappeared, it generally leaves a trace on the verb
root, in terms of tone change (something like ablaut in Indo-European

A couple of accessible references on this:
https://hal-inalco.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-01283726/document (by C.
https://brill.com/view/journals/bcl/8/1/article-p5_3.xml (by myself).



Il giorno ven 11 gen 2019 alle ore 19:53 Ponrawee Prasertsom <
ponrawee.pra at gmail.com> ha scritto:

> 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.
> Reference:
> 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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