Datapoint Greek (Modern) / Number of Cases

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2 Responses to “Datapoint Greek (Modern) / Number of Cases”

  1. Sofia Says:

    Greek has four cases, not three: nominative, genitive, accusative and vocative. It is explained in the book you cite

  2. Matthew S Dryer Says:

    The chapter is explicit in saying that vocative does not satisfy the definition of case:

    “The functional part of the above definition entails a number of stipulations. Categories with pragmatic (non-syntactic) functions, such as vocatives or topic markers, are not counted as case even if they are morphologically integrated into case paradigms.”

    Hence the chapter is correct in saying that Greek has three cases.

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