Christophe Grandsire wrote:
> >
> > What definition of an "oblique case" are you using here? The one I
> > learnt is
> > a "non-nominative case", which admittedly appears pretty pointless.
> >
>It would mean that accusative is an "oblique" case, which is a view I've
>even seen anywhere.

I first ran into the term in one of my school English grammars, wherein
"oblique" was used of the object case of English pronouns (ie the case form
examplified by _me_, _them_ etc). I think I got the abovementioned definiton
of it from the same book.

>I take "oblique" as meaning "non-core", or "optional" (in
>the sense that an oblique case is never to be mandatorily present to get a
>grammatically correct sentence, even though it may be needed for it to be
>meaningful). Of course, in the case of semantic roles, "oblique" simply
>means "non-core". Theory has to provide us with the exact core roles.



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