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Azurian adjectival morphology (was: Azurian.)

From:Yahya Abdal-Aziz <yahya@...>
Date:Friday, October 31, 2008, 8:35
On Thu, 30 Oct 2008, Lars Finsen wrote:
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You write: "The definite and indefinite forms are different only in the positive." Could you please let me know what "positive" means in this context? - "positive" usually connotes an opposing "negative", but there doesn't seem to be any corresponding "negative" here. Do you perhaps mean, um, not definite! but "certain", as in "a good way" being certainly good? _____ Allow me to think in my L1 (English, Australian, Urban Southern (Melbourne, Launceston & Adelaide) for a moment. This English allows the following (C=Comparative, S=Superlative, D=with Definite article, I=with Indefinite article): CD: "Of those two boys, Mick is the better swimmer." CI: "Mick is a better swimmer than John." SD: "Of all the boys, Jimmy is the best at swimming." but not: SI: *"Mick is a best swimmer than the other boys." Is this the kind of thing you have in mind when you write on the webpage: "The superlative only has definite forms"? _____ The options involved in comparisons may be different individuals, as above; or different states of the same individual, eg: CI: "After training with Lynne, John became a better swimmer [than he had been]." SD: "John is the best at swimming he has ever been." Would you expect Azurian to have the same flexibility of reference? Regards, Yahya _____ Yahya Abdal-Aziz Convener, Graphics SIG <> Convener, Music SIG <> Melbourne PC User Group <> (MelbPC) Share my music, paintings, equation art, and thoughts on books, online at eSnips: _____


Lars Finsen <lars.finsen@...>