LINGUIST List 14.2978

Fri Oct 31 2003

Qs: Familial Case Terminology

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  1. Michael Beard, Case terminology

Message 1: Case terminology

Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2003 00:37:39 +0000
From: Michael Beard <>
Subject: Case terminology

Is there a name for a Case used to designate familial relationship?
In ancient Greek the Genitive Case was used in constructions to show
family relationships such that ''John's son'' could be rendered ''uios
Ioannes'' or simply ''Ioannes'' (Gen. Masc. Sing.) if the reader
understood the relation. Is there a Case used in other languages
reserved to designation familial relations? Syncretism perhaps might
have lead to using a morpheme identical to other case morphemes, such
as with Accusative-Instrumental or Dative-Ablative, but I'm looking
for the term used to designate ''familial relationship''. Please
submit any responses to the '''' email address, and I'll
post reponses as appropriate. Thank you.
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