|From:||H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>|
|Date:||Monday, March 10, 2003, 17:42|
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Recently, I've been starting to work on Ebisedian again after a shamefully
long gap, and I've introduced comparatives and superlatives. Comparatives
and superlatives in Ebisedian are marked by prepositions. But that topic
is for another post... While dabbling with comparatives, I came up with
the idea of an "equative" -- a preposition for indicating equality or
"just the right amount of", _osa'o_ [?o"sa?o].
When used in a comparative context, it means "the same amount of":
3mir33'n3 osa'o 3bis33'd3.
children(cvy) - people(cvy)
"There are as many children as there are adults."
But when used in isolation, it means "just the right amount of":
osa'o 3cwgr33' 3fineu'.
- food(cvy) students(rcp)
"There is just the right amount of food for the students."
Anybody else's conlang has this neat feature? :-)
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