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OT: Adjective order (WAS: OT: THEORY Fusion Grammar)

From:Sai Emrys <sai@...>
Date:Wednesday, July 19, 2006, 8:46
> Sentence: The big ugly dog that Mary brought home > yesterday has been barking all night.
Does anyone have a list of how exactly the 'natural'-sounding adjective order goes in English (or other languages)? E.g. if you made a really long string of adjectives: The big mean ugly yellow mangy balloon-shaped .... If you swap some of them around it sounds very off. Similarly, for listing a small number of things, it seems that one starts with the alphabetically *last*, then cycles through from A->Z. Don't have a good example offhand 'cause it's 1:44am :-P Hopefully y'all know what I'm talking about anyway. - Sai


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