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Preposition and postposition at the same time?

Modern academic English grammars now usually recognise prepositions as a class of words which just like nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs head their own phrases, have their own distribution and ...
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How do linguists distinguish between case endings and postpositions, especially in languages which have both and/or have no traditional grammar?

This is a fundamental question in morphology that has consequences going far beyond the simple distinction between case endings and postpositions (which, by itself, is effectively quite thorny in many ...
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Do Dravidian languages have postpositions? Do any of them also have any prepositions?

Kannada uses postpositions for marking case. Chapter 8 of A Manual of Modern Kannada shows plenty of examples for ablative and locative postpositions. I don't think of this as mislabeling case ...
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Do Dravidian languages have postpositions? Do any of them also have any prepositions?

Conventional wisdom is that the Dravidian languages have postpositions. As a representative for this conventional wisdom I cite WALS chapter 85 here. Dryer, the author of the explanatory text, goes ...
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Should Japanese postpositions be treated as belonging to the same category as English prepositions?

I don't see how the question can be answered, without some additional theoretical context. The main problem is that "the same category" sort of suggests a theory of unique categorization of morphemes. ...
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Doesn't Sanskrit use adpositions of any kind?

Adding on to jknappen's answer, here is a relevant page on prepositions from MacDonnell's Sanskrit grammar available freely online on Wikisource: link. There are many other reference grammars for ...
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Doesn't Sanskrit use adpositions of any kind?

Sanskrit has prepositions, in the Wiktionary is a category for them.
Sir Cornflakes's user avatar
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Are adpositions lexical or grammatical morphemes?

As usual, it depends on what you think "functional" and "lexical" mean. They certainly are a closed class (understood to mean new forms aren't as readily innovated as the typical open classes of nouns,...
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Across languages, do adverbial adpositional phrases ever modify other adpositional phrases?

Complements versus Modifiers Fist of all, it is useful to distinguish preposition phrases (PPs) which occur as Complements from those which occur as Modifiers. Consider the example below: He won't go ...
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Do Dravidian languages have postpositions? Do any of them also have any prepositions?

At least some of them seem to. Here are some I found with example contexts in the English Wiktionary. Telugu యొక్క "of": నా యొక్క గుర్రము (nā yokka gurramu) literally "my of horse" ...
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Postposition + Subordinator + Noun

According to Paul (2015: 95), 裡 lǐ 'in', 後 hòu 'behind', etc. are postpositions. I thing this is true; however, in origin, these can be considered as grammaticalized nouns marked for locative use. ...
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Is there an adposition type that occurs before both the modified noun and the object?

In Biblical Hebrew bēn 'between' does something similar, but not exactly the same. For example in Genesis 3:15: wə=ʔēḇāh ʔ-āšiṯ bēn-ḵā ū=ḇēn hā=ʔiššāh and=enmity 1sg-put\ipfv between-m.2sg and=...
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How usual is it for languages to have both prepositions and postpositions?

I don't have statistics on that, but when you take a closer look on the individual languages you often discover some postpositions in a predominantly prepositional language (e.g., English ago) and ...
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