Re: What counts as a basic color word?
|From:||Doug Dee <amateurlinguist@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, April 6, 2003, 18:15|
In a message dated 4/4/2003 12:59:03 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> Or maybe color words could only take -en up to the point when green and
> yellow were added? I can't help noticing that the three that do take it -
> redden, whiten, blacken - are the Primal Three.
> No, that's probably not it. But disproof would be welcome.
I recall reading somewhere that whether an English adjective can form a
derivative with -en depends both on the final phoneme of the adjective and on
something about the meaning of the adjective. If only I could remember where
I read that and what the details were . . .