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What is translative case?



Translative case is a case indicating that the referent of the noun, or the quality of the adjective, that it marks is the result of a process of change.

Examples (Finnish)
  • The suffix -ksi indicates translative case, as in the following examples:

    • Naapurini tuli rikkaaksi ‘my neighbor became rich’


      Sebeok 1946 17

    • suli vedeksi ‘melted into water’


      Hakulinen 1961 70

  • Generic
      Translative case is a kind of

    Lyons 1968 299-301


    Gove 1966 813, 2429


    Sebeok 1946 17


    Hakulinen 1961 70

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