Partitives come, partitives go


CAHA Pavel

Year of publication 2020
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description One of the interesting features of the Estonian partitive is that it tends to be replaced by oblique cases. For instance, in a subject position, we would have a phrase like "bag-NOM potatoes-PART" meaning 'a bag of potatoes. But in oblique cases, the partitive is gone, and we get phrases such as "bag-INESSIVE potatoes-INESSIVE," meaning 'in a bag of potatoes. The talk will address the apparently universal and Estonian particular features of this construction in comparison to other languages with similar systems.