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Re: adjectives and adverbs

From:Muke Tever <hotblack@...>
Date:Tuesday, June 7, 2005, 6:24
Julia "Schnecki" Simon <helicula@...> wrote:
> On 6/5/05, Carsten Becker <naranoieati@...> wrote: > [snip] > >> *Usual* adverbs are like >> adjectives that refer to verbs instead of nouns. In French, >> most adverbs end in -(e/am)ment, in English usually in -ly >> and German does not make a difference between adjectives >> and adverbs, though adverbs are not inflected for case, >> gender and number as adjectives are. > > Which reminds me: Finnish has "ad-adjectives" (modifying adjectives) > in addition to "normal" adjectives (modifying nouns) and adverbs > (modifying verbs). Does anyone know if there are other languages > (natlangs or conlangs) that do this kind of thing, or something > similar (i.e. use clearly distinct kinds of adverbs for modifying > different parts of speech, or different parts of a sentence)?
Something like that came up this morning in #wiktionary. I think |borderline| would be that kind of "ad-adjective": it can modify nouns, as: John is a borderline schizophrenic. And adjectives: Many of his patients were hypoglycemic or borderline hypoglycemic. But not really verbs or adverbs: He *borderline became schizophrenic. His brain was *borderline schizophrenically divided. *Muke! -- website: LiveJournal: deviantArt: FrathWiki, a conlang and conculture wiki: