An Idea (Hopefully Non-offensive), Comparison Terminology
|From:||Shreyas Sampat <nsampat@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, April 24, 2001, 23:17|
Why is "least bad" ungrammatical? It expresses a totally different
sentiment, by means of connotation, than "best", which would be the closest
equivalent that you might say is grammatical.
These leave me with an icky taste in my mouth, and I conlang slower than
parents prepare for trips, so I won't be able to bring myself to enter.
(Since we're talking about least badness) My conlang Nrit has a nice variety
of degrees of comparison (Though I'm considering redoing it; I'm angry at it
right now. How does comparison work in everyone else's conlangs?): (These
are all in Nrit's nominative case; I really don't want to write out the long
Positive : dâra : green
Negative : dârriha : not green (suffixes -Ciha to the root after dropping
any final vowel, where C is the final consonant.)
Comparative : dâratka : greener (-(a)tka)
Superlative : dâraminna : greenest (-(V)minna, where V is the last root
vowel stripped of long length or nasality if there is no final vowel.)
Reductive : dâratqâ : less green (-atqâ, from -atka+-ha. <q> is aspirated
/k/. Circumflexes mark long vowels.)
Attenuative : dâramnâ : least green (-(V)mnâ, from -(V)minna+ha.)
The negative has its own declension pattern (originally all the negatives
did, but the reductive and attenuative were analogized to normal adjectives)
while the rest behave like normal (positive) adjectives.