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Regarding asymmetrical case marking in German referring WALS chapter 50, I understand the asymmetry in German (ich : I; mich : me; mir : to me; er : he; ihm : to him; ihn : him, etc.) but the value is coded as syncretism in relevant NP types.

Can someone show me syncretism in NP types? I have doubts what I should consider as NP types.

  • Why are you not satisfied with the examples "ich : I mich : me mir : to me, er he, ihm to him, ihn him"? What more do you want? – user6726 May 29 '17 at 16:57
  • can you please explain the syncretism in them? that is what I cannot explain well... thanks! – erik2 May 29 '17 at 16:59
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    Do you mean, what historical fact explains why syncretism exists in German? You might start by saying what you think syncretism refers to. The article doesn't actually give any German examples, so you should explain what you think is an example, and why you think that. – user6726 May 29 '17 at 18:51

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