Datapoint for feature 49A and language wals_code_rom

Discuss WALS Datapoint for feature 49A and language wals_code_rom.

2 Responses to “Datapoint for feature 49A and language wals_code_rom”

  1. Andrei Says:

    As far as I am aware, Romanian has five cases, not two.

  2. Matthew Dryer Says:

    No, by the criteria assumed for this chapter, Romanian has only two cases morphologically. What are called nominative and accusative is a single case morphologically and what are called genitive and dative is a single case. And what is called the vocative is not a case by the criteria of the chapter since the vocative does not signal a semantic or grammatical relationship between two elements. The tradition of describing Romanian as having five cases simply reflects imposing on the language categories that come from Latin and that are not motivated by Romanian facts. Missionaries describing languages without case would sometimes describe the language as having six cases, simply imposing Latin categories on the language.

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