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What is illative case?



Illative case is a case that expresses motion into or direction toward the referent of the noun it marks.


The term illative case is used especially in studies of Finno-Ugric grammar.

Example (Finnish)
  • talo-on ‘into the house’
  • Source:

    Lyons 1968 299

  • Generic
      Illative case is a kind of

    Lyons 1968 299


    Gove 1966 1126


    Crystal 1985 152

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