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Is there a future for the Finnish comitative?

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Abstract

This paper sets out to question the claims made in literature about the synonymy of the Finnish comitative case -ine and the construction with the postposition <i>kanssa</i>, suggesting that the former is giving way to the latter. A contemporary newspaper corpus shows that the comitative is still a productive case in Finnish and that the functional domains of the case and the postposition <i>kanssa</i> differ considerably: each of them has functions that the other does not have, and the distributions of their common functions are notably different. This shows that the comitative case and the postposition <i>kanssa</i> are not replaceable each with the other and thus, they are not synonymic.

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