Old English, Prepositions/Case

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Old English, Prepositions/Case

Postby spanick » Fri 30 Dec 2011 10:20 pm

Does anyone know what the relationship is of specific OE prepositions with nominal cases? I'm trying to write a story in OE and I need to know. Right now, I'm just using German as an analogue since I'm familiar with that. An

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Re: Old English, Prepositions/Case

Postby linguoboy » Sat 31 Dec 2011 12:52 am

Old English has a small number of prepositions which are "two-way" in the same manner as found in German: binnan, bufan, in, innan, ofer, on, under. Most of the others primarily take dative objects but may also govern accusative or instrumental; a few are attested with every possible case except for nominative. Which is to say that, overall, there's a great deal of variation, so for your purposes the choice of case probably doesn't matter too much.

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Re: Old English, Prepositions/Case

Postby yabash » Tue 16 Oct 2012 12:33 am

Reading your post reminded me of an Old English website I came across 7 years ago that listed a bunch of prepositions and the nominal case associated with each one. Some prepositions take both dative and accusative, depending on the context. See: http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/resources ... nprep.html

Scroll down to section 10.5 (Prepositions).

Hope this helps!

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