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Re: I came in late.

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Saturday, July 24, 1999, 23:55
"From Http://Members.Aol.Com/Lassailly/Tunuframe.Html" wrote:
> no. > ichiban is retrospective absolute (ranking). > most is prospective relative, i.e. superlative.
I don't understand what you mean - "most" *is* ranking. "She is the most beautiful" means "she is number one in beauty".
> japanese : > here is A and there is B. > now we'll tell what tall is. > A is tall (relative). > and now we rank A first (absolute). > > english : > here is tall A and there is tall B. > now we'll tell what is taller. > A is taller (absolute). > and now let's see around us : A is tallest (relative).
Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't understand what you're point is. There seems to me to be no actual difference between the English and the Japanese superlatives. -- "[H]e axed after eggys: And the goode wyf answerde, that she coude not speke no Frenshe ... And then at last a nother sayd that he woulde haue hadde eyren: then the goode wyf sayd that she vnderstood hym wel." -- William Caxton ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor