This introduction to the ways languages mark relations between words in sentences examines the recurring strategies of case marking across languages. It describes the systems of suffixes familiar from languages such as Latin, and the roles of prepositions, postpositions and the pronominal elements on verbs.
Table of Contents1. Overview; 2. Problems in describing case systems; 3. Modern approaches to case; 4. Distribution of case marking; 5. Survey of case marking; 6. Life cycle of case systems; Notes; Guide to terminology; Guide to further reading; References; Index.