from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Relating to, characteristic of, or used in calling.
- adj. Of, relating to, or being a grammatical case in certain inflected languages to indicate the person or thing being addressed.
- n. The vocative case.
- n. A word or form in the vocative case.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or pertaining to calling; used in calling or vocation.
- adj. used in address; appellative; — said of that case or form of the noun, pronoun, or adjective, in which a person or thing is addressed; as, Domine, O Lord.
- n. The vocative case
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to calling; used in calling; specifically (Gram.), used in address; appellative; -- said of that case or form of the noun, pronoun, or adjective, in which a person or thing is addressed.
- n. The vocative case.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Relating to the act of calling or addressing by name; eompellative: applied to the grammatical case in which a person or thing is addressed: as, the vocative case.
- n. In grammar, the ease employed in calling to or addressing a person or thing: as, Domine, ‘O Lord,’ is the vocative of the Latin dominus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. relating to a case used in some languages
- n. the case (in some inflected languages) used when the referent of the noun is being addressed
So now, all you lucky people whose names I ordered worked into a rather longish piece of boilerplate latin vocative verse can now share in the tranquil blessings of soft breezes in forested glades, mostly free of singing shrapnel and the deep digestive grunt of artillery.
The inaugural "O" is only confirmed as vocative, that is, when the first junctural lurch of "O W" is rounded out by the equally opened-mouthed apposition that results in the line's coming phonetic increment, "thou (w) breath of autumn's being."
For Rosenstock-Huessy, the vocative is the condition of dialogue and hence the real condition of a new truth.
Nominative for Vocative.a. The use of the nominative for the vocative was a colloquialism in classical Greek.
Your "vocative" explanation does help, but it does not convince.
Daksha is a vocative, meaning 'possessed of cleverness.'
This demonstrates how boy, like man, has transformed from a male term of address (or "vocative") into an exclamation that can be used regardless of the addressee's gender.
We no longer hear the vocative compañero -- comrade -- rather it's the once stigmatized señor -- mister -- and it's been a long time since the first person plural has included those who govern us.
Though, as Mark Twain noted, many Britons "dearly love a lord," most of them have no idea how to address one in the vocative case or on an envelope.
Three workmates came to vocative him, and you know, they didn't like the man-eater's fad; wouldn't consonant to recognize his palette as ivan would then, this.