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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"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."
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
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