reflective case,

allegedly a metalinguistic response to an emergent communication need; originated (and classified as a case) in synthetic languages, it also spread to analytic caseless ones. Reflective has been compared to the Indo-European vocative or to the category of mirativity — surprisedness — in some Asian and American languages; by using a noun (concrete or abstract, animate or not) in reflective case you “respectfully summon the concept into conversation,” introduce a therisity worth talking about: you need not approve of it but you admit — invite — a reflection, even meditation, on it. Common reflective case suffixes, often combined with diminutive or affectionate morphology, are -e, -ee, -kee, -ikee; syntactically, a noun in reflective case may form a complete utterance or be a subject or object: Come land on that knoll-ikee.

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