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Re: Prepositional adjectives?

From:Matt Pearson <mpearson@...>
Date:Tuesday, June 1, 1999, 22:57
Marcos Franco wrote:

>>But 'preposition' has always seemed to me an unsatisfactory word - it >>merely refers to the position of the word, not its function. > >I agree. And even if they were named by its position, I think >"preposition" would be an incorrect name for them, as it seems to mean >a kind of position, not a word. Probably "preparticle" would be >better. But if I was allowed to rename prepositions, I probably would >call them "nominal adverbs" as they function like adverbs which modify >nouns (or equivalent), as opposite to the other adverbs.
Every now and then I hear adpositions referred to as "relationals". This seems like a reasonable term to me, since adpositions typically denote relations between two or more objects or events. Matt. ------------------------------------ Matt Pearson UCLA Linguistics Department 405 Hilgard Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90095-1543 ------------------------------------