Noun Case

Preface Note: This page is a work in progress.

Preface Note: Every article (the words a (indefinite article) and the (definite article)) that appears in the translations on this page could just as well be its opposite (definites could be indefinite and indefinites could be definite). Only up to one article is used in each translation for simplicity’s sake and to help save room in the tables, but every occurrence of the words a and the in the translation columns of the tables on this page ought to say “a/the”. Duojjin does not actually have articles at all, so they are only used in these translations for simplicity’s sake and convenience’s sake.

Preface Note: I periodically re-analyze Duojjin’s case suffix forms. As such, many of the case forms found on this page may currently be on probation, so to speak, and are subject to possible change in the future. 

Noun case is one of the biggest and most important elements of the language. Every noun must always have at least one case ending attached to it. Cases in Duojjin always take the form of a suffix that gets attached to the end of a root. Any number of case endings can theoretically be applied to a noun, although anything more than two cases on the same noun would be extremely rare.

Nouns with case suffixes applied to them can still be verbed (turned into a verb) with the use of one or two derivational suffixes. Such verbs will have an underlying implication which varies depending on the case(s) used on the verbed noun. By clicking on a case name in any of the tables below, you will be able to find information about any implications which are made by that case when it is verbed (among other things).

Most noun cases will end in ⟨al⟩, ⟨at⟩, ⟨õl⟩, or ⟨õt⟩. However, several other noun cases will end in ⟨alla⟩, ⟨atta⟩, ⟨õllõ⟩, or ⟨õttõ⟩. The latter is always an exaggerated version of the former. For example, ⟨aval⟩ means inside, while ⟨avalla⟩ means deep inside.

Some cases on these charts will have more than one reading listed. In these cases, the first one is formal, and the second one is informal. For example, the dative case has the formal -õgõl form and the informal -õgø form. The informal versions are predictable variations of the formal versions. Cases that end in ⟨al⟩ will have informal versions which instead end in ⟨å⟩. Cases that end in ⟨at⟩ will have informal versions which instead end in ⟨au⟩. Cases that end in ⟨õl⟩ will have informal versions which end in ⟨ø⟩. Unlike other appearances of the letter ⟨ø⟩, when this letter/phoneme appears in this particular way, it must be realized as [əɪ̯], and not [oɪ̯]. All translations on this site make use of formal forms. Though I do plan to (eventually) introduce pages for informal versions of all the translations on this site.


In the charts below, the columns which illustrate the written form of a case suffix and the columns which illustrate the pronunciation of a case suffix will both contain characters in [BRACKETS] and/or {BRACES}. These are meant to define sandhi rules. See the Sandhi & Epenthesis Section for more information on how they work.

Core Grammatical Cases

Core cases are the cases which determine who is doing what to whom in a clause. These are some of the most important cases to know, and some of the most frequently used, but also perhaps some of the hardest for a beginner to wrap their heads around because they don’t really translate into English very well. But you can click on a case name for a detailed description.

Unlike all other case categories, the core cases cannot be derived into verbs. That is to say that they cannot take derivational suffixes that would otherwise change the word into a verb. Well… maybe someone who’s really stubborn could argue that nominative words could be verbed (on account of it being unmarked), but I think I would maintain that such words simply don’t have any case marking at all, because they don’t need one on account of being verbs.

Case Gloss Suffix IPA Example 1 Example 2 Translation 1 Translation 2
Nominative NOM miri jutta cat water
Accusative ACC -n /n/ mirin juttan cat water
Middle MID -[e]mpa /[ɛ]m.pɐ/ mirimpa juttampa cat water

Non-Core Grammatical Cases

Non-core grammatical cases are cases which don’t really have any semantic value, but instead fulfill a grammatical purpose. These purposes mostly consist of intention, singularization, possession, and topicalization. You can get a detailed description of those grammatical purposes by clicking on a case name in the chart below.

Case Gloss Suffix IPA Example 1 Example 2 Translation 1 Translation 2
Dative DAT -[õ]gõl
for the cat
/ because of the cat
for the water
/ because of the water
Benefactive BEN -[õ]gõllõ /[ə]gəlːə/ mirigõllõ juttagõllõ only for the cat
/especially for the cat
only for the water
/especially forthe water
Malefactive MAL -[õ]jõttõ /[ə]jətːə/ mirijõttõ juttajõttõ against/opposed
to the cat
to the water
Adverbial ADV -jat
mirijat juttåat cattily like water
Contrastive CONTR -ja[e]tta /ja[ˈɛ]tːɐ/ mirijat juttajaetta as compared to the cat as compared to water
Genitive GEN -[i]pi /[i]pi/ miripi juttapi of cat
/ about cat / cat’s
of water
/ about water / water’s
Genitive 1 GEN1 -[i]si /[i]zi/ mirisi juttasi my cat my water
Genitive 2 GEN2 -[i]ti /[i]ti/ miriti juttati your cat your water
Genitive 3 Animate GEN3 -[i]gi /[i]gi/ mirigi juttagi his/her cat his/her water
Genitive 3 Inanimate GEN3.IN -[i]di /[i]di/ miridi juttadi its cat its water
Genitive 4 GEN4 -[i]ji /[i]ji/ miriji juttaji one’s cat one’s water
Genitive 1 Obviate GEN1.OBV -[i]sisi /[i]zi.zi/ mirisisi juttasisi my counterpart’s
my counterpart’s
Genitive 2 Obviate GEN2.OBV -[i]titi /[i]ti.ti/ mirititi juttatiti your counterpart’s
your counterpart’s
Genitive 3 Animate
GEN3.OBV -[i]gigi /[i]ɡi.ɡi/ mirigigi juttagigi that other person’s
that other person’s
Genitive 3 Inanimate
GEN3.IN.OBV -[i]didi /[i]didi/ mirididi juttadidi the other one’s cat the other one’s water
Genitive 4 Obviate GEN4.OBV -[i]jiji /[i]jiji/ mirijiji juttajiji someone else’s
someone else’s

Internal Locative Cases

As the name suggests, the internal locative cases carry meanings which express locations that are indoors or otherwise somehow internal. These cases are more straight-forward and self-explanatory than the ones above. All of the locative categories in general are probably a little easier to learn. If you’re a non-technically inclined beginner, then the locative cases would probably be the easiest place to start in tackling the case system. These cases function very much like prepositions would in English, except the morpheme containing the information about the position is found at the end of the word instead of the beginning, and it becomes glommed into that word instead of standing on its own. And of course, like all of the non-core cases, these cases can all be verbed.

Case Gloss Suffix IPA Example 1 Example 2 Translation 1 Translation 2
Inessive INE -[a]val
inside the cat in the water
Hyperessive HSV -[a]valla /[ɐ]valːɐ/ mirivalla juttavalla deep inside the cat deep underwater
Illative ILL -[õ]lõt /[ə]lət/ miriõlõt juttalõt into the cat into the water
Hyperlative HLAT -[õ]lõttõ /[ə]lətːə/ miriõlõttõ juttalõttõ deep into the cat deep into the water
Elative ELA -[a]lat
mirilat juttalat from inside the cat out from the water
Hyper-elative HELA -[a]latta /[ɐ]latːɐ/ mirilatta juttalatta from deep inside the cat out from deep under the water
Comprehensive CMP -[a]dal
throughout the cat throughout the water
HCMP -[a]dalla /[ɐ]dalːɐ/ miridalla juttadalla all throughout the cat all throughout the water
Perlative PER -[e]lti /[ɛ]l.ti/ mirilti juttalti through the cat through the water

Traversal Locative Cases

The traversal locative cases carry meanings which are conceptually forward-moving or “attractive”. They are more “active” than other cases.

Case Gloss Suffix IPA Example 1 Example 2 Translation 1 Translation 2
Lative LAT -[õ]võl
towards the cat towards the water
Allative ALL -[õ]võllõ /[ə]vəlːə/ mirivõllõ juttavõllõ onto the cat onto the water
Terminative TERM -[õ]šõl /[ə]ʃəl/ mirišõl juttašõl until the cat (is reached) until the water (is reached)

Exodal Locative Cases

The exodal locative cases are a sister-set that pairs with the traversal locative cases. However, unlike the traversal cases, the exodal cases carry meanings which are conceptually backwards-moving or “repellent”.

Case Gloss Suffix IPA Example 1 Example 2 Translation 1 Translation 2
Ablative ABL -[a]pal
away from the cat away from the water
Antessive ANTE -[a]palla /[ɐ]palːɐ/ miripalla juttapalla far from the cat far from the water
Delative DEL -[õ]põl
miripõl juttapõl off/downfrom the cat off of the water
Eblative EBLAT -[õ]põllõ /[ə]pəlːə/ miripõllõ juttapõllõ (sourced) from the cat (sourced) from the water

Relational Locative Cases

The relational locative cases carry meanings which express a physical location relative to two things, typically the subject’s location relative to the object.

Case Gloss Suffix IPA Example 1 Example 2 Translation 1 Translation 2
Versive VRS -[õ]dõl
the cat over there the water over there
Superversive SVRS -[õ]dõllõ /[ə]dəlːə/ miridõllõ juttadõllõ the cat way over there the water way over there
Comitative COM -[õ]gõt /[ə]gət/ mirigõt juttagõt (together) with the cat (together) with the water
Copultative CPLT -[õ]gõttõ /[ə]gətːə/ mirigõttõ juttagõttõ joined/bonded to the cat joined/bonded to the water
Forbative /
-[õ]jõt /[ə.]jət/ mirijõt juttajõt in front of the cat in front of the water
Pertingent PRTG -[õ]võt /[ə]vət/ miriõvõt juttavõt touching/adjacent to
the cat
touching the water
Prosecutive PROS -[õ]võttõ /[ə]vətːə/ mirivõttõ juttavõttõ along the cat along the water
Bative /
behind the cat behind the water
Transversive TRANS -[a]datta /[ɐ]datːɐ/ miridatta juttadatta beyond the cat beyond the water
Apudessive APDE -[a]gal
next to/beside the cat next to/beside the water
Enclosive ENCL -[a]galla /[ɐ]ɡalːɐ/ mirigalla juttagalla on either side of the cat on either side of the water
Circumferentive CIR -[o]gat
surrounded by cat(s) encircled by water
Situative SIT -[a]gatta /[ɐ]ɡatː.ɐ/ mirigatta juttagatta wrapped in cat (skins) engulfed in water
Superessive SUPE -[a]šal
on (top of) the cat on (the surface of)
the water
Supraessive SUPAE -[a]šalla /[ɐ]ʃalːɐ/ mirišalla juttašalla above/over the cat above/over the water
Locative LOC -[a]vat /[ɐ.]vat/ mirivat juttavat nearby/not far from
the cat
nearby/not far from
the water
Ornative ORN -[a]vatta /[ɐ]vatːɐ/ mirivatta juttavatta wearing cat
/ carrying cat
wearing water
/ carrying water
Abessive ABE -[e]lki /[ɛ] mirilki juttalki
without (the) cat(s) without water
Intrative INTR -[e]rki /[ɛ]ɾ.ki/ mirirki juttarki
between the cats between the waters
Subessive SUBE -[e]nki /[ɛ]ŋ.ki/ mirinki juttanki
under the cat under the water

Other Cases:

What can I say? I just don’t know how to categorize these guys.

Case Gloss Suffix IPA Example 1 Example 2 Translation 1 Translation 2
Temporal TEMP -{õ{i}}ra /{ə{ɪ̯}.}ɾɐ/ miriõra juttåõra at the time of the cat at the time of the water
Instrumental /
INSTR -[e]ška /[ɛ]ʃkɐ/ miriška juttaeška by the use of cat
/ with cat
by the use of water
/ with water
Prolative PROL -[e]ško /[ɛ]ʃkɔ/ miriško juttaeško by way of the cat by way of water
Partitive PART -[e]jj
part of the cat droplet

Compact Case Chart

Case Paradigm 01 07 2018

Page Published on February 14, 2017
Page Last Updated on August 3, 2018

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