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On Mon, Feb 05, 2001 at 06:52:31PM -0500, [log in to unmask] wrote:
> >Hmm. Do you take unconventional cases as well? My conlang has an unusual
> >case system that is apparently neither accusative nor ergative nor active.
> >Besides the instrumental and locative cases, which are used in more or
> >less conventional ways, there are 3 other cases which are quite unusual.
>
> >Only thing is, I don't know if you want to include it because it does not
> >have any counterpart in natlangs...
>
> If you have names for them, and they have at least a conlang precident (since
> the book is about conlangs), I'll definitely include them.

Alright. They are:
- Originative
- Receptive
- *Instrumental
- Conveyant
- *Locative

(* = mostly the same as natlang cases of the same name)

I should note that these cases are all *primary* -- i.e., on the same
level as subject/object in other langs. It's a bit difficult to explain
how these cases are used -- try searching the CONLANG archives for my
previous posts about this, or look at my conlang website at:
        http://quickfur.yi.org/~hsteoh/conlang/apex.html

Very briefly, the originative case marks the origin of an event/action,
the receptive case marks the recipient/destination of the event/action,
the conveyant case marks something in motion (usually as a result of the
event/action) or sometimes, something contained within something else.

The instrumental case is used for adverbs as well. The locative case
sometimes indicates topic. It may also mark a containing noun (e.g. a
locative-conveyant construct implies that the locative noun contains the
conveyant noun.) You probably won't care too much about this since it's
peculiar to my conlang. :-)


T

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