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Re: Adjectives and ordinal numbers

From:Mike Ellis <nihilsum@...>
Date:Thursday, February 27, 2003, 4:39
Fredrik Ekman wrote:

>In Swedish, adjectives and ordinal numbers have many things in common. >From a syntactic point of view, for instance, both are used as attributes, >both can be substantivized, etc. There is also a morphological connection, >since the words for "first" and "second" are inflected according to the >noun's gender (with -e or -a) in the same way as most adjectives. > >Are such similarities common in natlangs? Should I try to give these two >classes similar features in my conlangs (if I want them to have a >"natural" feel)?
Yes, that is common. Compare Spanish segunda/segundo etc.
>For instance, I am considering an adjectiveless language. Would it be >normal for such a language to not have any proper ordinal numbers either?
You'd probably end up with noun ordinals meaning "the first one", "the second one" and so on. M