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On Sat, Oct 16, 2010 at 8:55 AM, Sasha Boyd <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hi everyone,
>
> I'm rather new to the list, but I was wondering how an inflectional
> case system might develop from a fixed word-order system and couldn't
> find anything through searching the list and the Web. Would anyone
> care to enlighten me?

One way (employed by Tolkien for Quenya) is that postpositions become
reinterpreted as suffixes, which then undergo phonological changes as
parts of the words that they're now attached to which muddle their
postpositional origin.

-l.