In Estonian, for instance, the ubiquitous syncretism and morphological overlapping between grammatical cases
is compensated with various syntactic means (Blevins 2005; 2008; Grunthal 2001; 2007).
Local cases gain more and more functions that in other languages would be covered by grammatical cases.
Another instance of merger of grammatical cases with local cases is the Ablative in Hinuq, Bezhta and Hunzib.
It seems that this marker is just on its way to grammaticalize into a real grammatical case marker for all kinds of oblique verbal arguments such as addressees, recipients and experiencer, but also nonprototypical agents.
Recent novel views were expressed by Tapani Salminen who has written: "The current view is that there were three grammatical cases in the Proto-Uralic nominal declension.
Such a method of reconstruction of three grammatical cases of Uralic languages is both exceptional and remarkable.
The names ascribed to inflected or grammatical cases
differ and also to some extent the description of their functions and the presentation of the comitative as the instrumental in the section on adverb formation.