predicative case

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predicative case (plural predicative cases)

  1. (grammar) A term that may sometimes be used to describe the case marking a predicative nominative (a noun that renames the subject often following a linking verb), or for the adjective that agrees with it (predicative adjective).
    • 2001, Barry J. Blake, Case, page 95:
      Hjelmslev also notes that in Tabassaran, a Daghestan language of the Caucasus, a language with a very large case system (see section 5.6), there is a predicative case marked by -u-, -ä- or -ö-.
    • 2004, William R. Schmalstieg, Philip Baldi, Pietro U. Dini, Studies in Baltic and Indo-European linguistics, page 88:
      The conclusion could be formulated as follows: in Common Baltic, there was probably a certain marginal use of the instrumental as a marked predicative case alongside the nominative.
    • 2005, "Paul Bartlett" (username), "New (?) conlang", in alt.language.artificial, Usenet:
      Even Arie deJong's revision of Volapük addded[sic] a predicative case.


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