As part of a constructed language experiment I am trying to write phrases with clause structure of [noun supersedes noun] as just two words. For example, “death before dishonor” or “freedom over tyranny.” I do not think the ablative case would make sense in this context.

I suppose this could also apply to a clause like [noun, not noun] or [verb this, not that].


In a constructed language, you are free to do what you want, and you can create a case with case inflections for this use case.

I am not sure whether this kind of case occurs in any natural language and whether it has been named by linguists before, but in Finnish there are two cases, the Essive and the Translative case that come close to it.

  • I think the aversive/evitative case found in Australian Aboriginal languages might be close to the case I am thinking of. I don’t know enough to determine whether that is accurate.
    – Anonymous
    Aug 31 '18 at 11:30

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