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Grammatical cases occurring only in conlangs

I think the best conlang to look for such cases is Ithkuil. http://ithkuil.net/04_case.html contains a list of all cases. My [short] research suggests that some of them (e.g. navigative for "noun ...
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What are common origins of accusative case markers?

This is merely a marginal answer and I’m sure there’s a lot more data that might prove valuable, but in multiple Romance languages (at least Spanish and Romansh) the preposition a has developed into ...
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Is it possible to make a declension system that DOESN'T limit what nouns can end in?

Ignoring the lost natlang, I'll just answer the title question: There are several possibilities to let nouns end in any phoneme of the language and still have case inflections: Most simple: Have a ...
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Do I need a Dative Case?

Yours is a very interesting and legitimate question, but in the light of what we know from the languages of the world, what you ask might not be what you mean to ask. Let me expand a bit below. To ...
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State-based analogue to distributive case

Interesting concept for a case. In my interpretation this kind of an abstract distributive case would apply in sentences like this one (a probably very clumsy reformulation of a famous first sentence ...
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State-based analogue to distributive case

I suspect you could just make up a name. That's certainly a legitimate glossopoetical strategy. In English, i'd just call it a distributive sense of the state-noun and have done with it: Such-and-...
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Is it possible to make a declension system that DOESN'T limit what nouns can end in?

There are some languages with unusually irregular plurals or verbal forms, but I don't think any language has something quite as stark as what you're demanding here. Mostly because, as you point out ...
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Is it possible to make a declension system that DOESN'T limit what nouns can end in?

Any declensional system that involves suffixes will limit "what nouns can end in", because nouns can only end in the declensional terminations of that language! Even if you maximise by disallowing ...
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Is it possible to make a declension system that DOESN'T limit what nouns can end in?

Here are some possible solutions to this problem that haven't been listed already. mark case with tone or another suprasegmental feature case disfixes have a large class of indeclinable nouns achieve ...
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State-based analogue to distributive case

If I understand you correctly (big if there!), you are looking for a periodical state that repeats, not necessarily at the same time interval (though the two might in reality be linked) — as it ...
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Do I need a Dative Case?

You might consider something like: "I gave you it" > "I gave it so that you recieved it" "I told you it" > "I said it so that you heard it" "I passed ...
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Do I need a Dative Case?

Your lang, your rules. But generally speaking, no, you don't need a dative case. Funny thing is, you don't even need a dative case even if you were to wrack your brain and come up with handfuls of ...
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