eldin raigmore wrote:
Using cases frees the syntax to be used for other functions.
Statistically, pervasive head-marking seems more closely associated with free word-order, than pervasive dependent-marking is. (I don't know why, though.)
Maybe that case-marking tend to develop more often in certain types of languages (head-final) rather than other (head-first or non-configurational languages).
OV rather than VO -> therefore case-marking,
Case-marking -> therefore OV rather than VO.
I have a feeling this in part also is because linguists by tradition have preferred to call suffixes case, but consider prefixes closer to prepositions.