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Re: English allative (was:Re: -s adverbs, bodoer Homo Sapiens (was: watered down fiery spirits)

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Friday, October 24, 2003, 20:11
Quoting Costentin Cornomorus <elemtilas@...>:

> --- Andreas Johansson <andjo@...> wrote: > > > The below post made me think of an ancient > > thread (which I'm to lazy to dig up > > in the archives) about whether _-ward(s)_ could > > be seen as an allative ending. > > The consensus was, IIRC, that it wasn't, > > because the suffix is restricted to a > > few lexemes. > > For me, any -ward adverb has the ability to > further add -s. As far as I can tell.
Personlly, I use -ward and -wards interchangeably. But this is perfectly beside the point, is it not?
> Do you recall what was meant by "restrictive"? I > can accept it stuck on any noun; though > admittedly would probably not use it to that > excess.
If you mean "restricted", simply that it cannot, in "standard" English*, be added to any noun. If it in your 'lect _can_** be added to any nouns, I find it hard to see why it should not be labeled an allative. * If this leads to a renewed discussion of the exact difference between _"standard" English_ and _"standard English"_, not to mention _standard English_ and the corresponding capitalized forms, I'm going to have hard choice between laughing cynically or weeping desperately.*** ** Personally, I'm going to stick to underscores for indicating the level of emphasis I in properly formatted text would italicize. This leaves open the possibility of contrasting accentedification with underscoring/italicization. *** Anyone feeling the urge to suggest that I weep cynically or laugh desperately can shoot himself****. **** Or herself, if that suits someone's feministic tastes better*****. ***** As can anyone thinking that I overuse asterisks. Andreas


Costentin Cornomorus <elemtilas@...>