what does -il- do (when it exists)
|Date:||Tuesday, January 11, 2005, 20:14|
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From: Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Sent: Tuesday, January 11, 2005 10:01 PM
Subject: Re: what does -il- do?
> Quoting Rodlox <Rodlox@...>:
> > I was thinking again (no no, don't run YET)....and became curious as to
> > what matter of modifier (if that's the right word) -il- is.
> > For example...
> > "The wood is heavy."
> > "The forest is heavily wooded."
> > one does not (that I know of) say "the forest is heavy-wooded" or "thewood
> > is heavily"...so I thought to ask: what is the -il- that so affects some
> > words? *curious*
> There's no actual -il- infix present;
*I looks properly embarassed*
are there any languages which would have infixes?
> what we're seen is an orthographic
> convention whereby final -y when preceded by a consonant turns to -i- whenan
> ending beginning in a consonant is added. Thus we get _heavily_ for whatwould
> be **_heavyly_, which in turn, of course, is simply the adjective _heavy_plus
> the regular adverb-former _-ly_.