G+ LoME Archive
Jul 30, 2015 (17:37)
Now an enquiry about Quenya.
Are there any examples of Tolkien actually
the 'Last Declinable Word' rule ever in any text proper, not a grammatical sample sentence? I found none; and even, without much heavy search, at least two explicit contradictions, both in late
'on star-like wings' and
'on black rocks' instead of rather expected
. (Of course these patterns are copied from the first
.) How does that fit with, for example, PE21:77's
But Sinda Eldo, a Grey Elf's, Sindar Eldaron, Grey Elves', or (abnormally) Eldar Sindaron?
Can we resolve that, for example, proposing that
(genitive, accusative, dative) are postposed but
(three locatives, instrumental etc.) are not?
Jul 30, 2015 (18:06)
There is the term 'phrase marking' (as opposed to 'word marking'), and this seems to be what's going on in Quenya: The whole noun phrase gets just one case ending (often also just one plural ending). Otherwise Markirya probably just shows poetic word order.