Re: Innovative Adverb Formation
|From:||Stephen Mulraney <ataltanie@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, July 14, 2002, 14:48|
>Rather than forming adverbs from adjectives by appending an ending, I
>can use a generic adverbial phrase head |naw| meaning approximately "in
>a way, in a fashion". So:
>|naw fom| "hotly" (lit: in a hot way)
I like it. I've seen something like it before, too: In Irish, the word
'go' [g@] forms adverbs from adjectives: "madra maith" for "a good dog",
but "tá sé go maith" for "he is good". I always thought it was the same
as the preposition "go", meaning "to", though my dictionary saith this
is not so. Also one ("to") causes lenition, while the other does not.
>I could even mark the noun phrase under |naw| with a case, and pull
>stunts like |Tsygze je naw i warve.| "I will kill him like (I would
>kill) a dog."
This is familiar too, though from my lang ML2. It has a nasty habit of
treating almost anything as an adverb or adjective. Though I must say
I'm getting a bit tired of such flexibility. My lang isn't nearly awkward
enough (in the right ways, it's awkward in lots of wrong ways) to please me.
But that's my lang - it could suit yours perfectly. It's a nice trick in
>Whaddya think? Any obvious glaring catches?
I don't think there are. Depends on how it fits in with the rest of your
syntax of course ;)