Re: [tied] Vocative case in Romance

From: Miguel Carrasquer
Message: 16661
Date: 2002-11-10

On Sun, 10 Nov 2002 09:03:49 +0100, alexmoeller@... wrote:

>So far I remember the latin vocative have had the same form as
>for nominative ( sorer-voc. sorer, frater-voc. frater)

Not true. The 2nd. declination (o-stems) had N. -us, V. -e.

> fact all the sufixes of the declination in romanian
>are not as in latin, and specialy the vocative, , it is said
>the vocative is in Romanian inherited from latin and the
>vocative for feminine is a slavic influence, ending in "o"

Both masc. -e and fem. -o are from Slavic. This is obvious in the
case of feminine -o (Slavic -o, Latin -a). The masculine voc. in -e
could in principle be Latin (-e) or Slavic (-e), but everything seems
to indicate that the vocative had been lost from Vulgar Latin early

Miguel Carrasquer Vidal