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

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Friday, October 24, 2003, 19:06
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.

However, the other day I saw a text by Joseph Conrad, in which he used the
form "Congoward", obviously meaning "towards the Congo". This can't be seen as
much else than an allative, can it?

(As usual, I cannot give the reference - standard apologies regarding books
being in Sweden and my internet access here restricted.)


Quoting Costentin Cornomorus <elemtilas@...>:

> --- Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...> wrote: > > > Can anyone explain to me why all of those sound > > awkward to me without > > an |s| at the end of |toward|? i.e., > > "towards"? > > We had this discussion a while back. Personally, > I think of pairs like toward/towards as a > motionless/moving distinction. > > "Toward a Fuller Understand of Aspect in Yllemese > Court Sculpture" makes a fine title for a paper; > but it is now static. While the author and anyone > else who is studying Yllemes court sculpture, is > actively moving towards that goal of a fuller > understanding. > > So, toward indicates the notion of moving to; > while towards indicates the actual motion. In my > opinion and usage. > > Same goes for certain other adverbs in -s, like > leftward/leftwards. "A leftward move was noted in > the recent elections" v. "In general, we're > moving leftwards in our political choices". > > Padraic. > > > ===== > - Nos côsez yen fin xristianós et trancouil > > - Côsez-el a Ddon! > > -- > > Ill Bethisad -- > <> > > > Come visit The World! -- > <> > > > > > > > > . >


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