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Tok Pisin has two: bilong (genitive), and long (all else).

Even languages like French and Spanish, though, started out
with just the three (a, de, and en), adding others as the language
was fleshed out (often in combination with the original three).

-David
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On Nov 9, 2008, at 758 AM, R A Brown wrote:

> Hi all!
>
> On page 87 of "Describing Morphosyntax", Thomas Payne wrote: "The  
> set of basic adpositions in most languages is rather small,  
> consisting of perhaps five or six forms."
>
> But he gave no examples or any indication what such a small set  
> might consist of. Instead he goes onto examine English which "is  
> unusually rich in basic prepositions."
>
> I've tried Googling to see if any body does give anything like sets  
> of basic adpositions commonly found in languages. But my searches  
> have not come up with anything yet. Does any one know of any such  
> list(s)?
>
> -- 
> Ray
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