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Re: a question of terminology

From:Matt Pearson <mpearson@...>
Date:Sunday, April 25, 1999, 17:56
Boudewijn Rempt wrote:

>Denden has the following suffixes in this category (with provisional >glosses): >-hau IMP imperative >-do OPT optative >-men AFF affective: the subject of the verb stands in an >amatory > relation to the object; the speaker loves the hearer or the > hearer loves the speaker, the speaker loves either the subject > or the object of the verb. >-yara DSP despising: same range as <-men> but indicates >despising. >-ju CRT certainty: the speaker is certain that the sentence is > true. >-zo FLT flattering
I would call these "attitudinal suffixes". The AFF, DSP, and CRT suffixes clearly express the speaker's attitude towards what s/he is saying, or towards some person/thing associated with the utterance context. The IMP and OPT could also be regarded as attitudinals in a broad sense, insofar as they indicate the speaker's desire that a particular action or situation come about. I'm not so clear on what the FLT suffix is used for, though... Matt. ------------------------------------ Matt Pearson UCLA Linguistics Department 405 Hilgard Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90095-1543 ------------------------------------