Re: Degrees of adjectives
|Date:||Saturday, February 5, 2005, 13:00|
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Scotto Hlad <scotto@A...> wrote:
>I love the word "diminutive" but I hadn't been able to come up with
>a word similar to minimative. That being said, when I
>see "diminutive" I want to see an analogous term "augmentative"
>rather than comparative. This makes me then want to see "maximative"
>in the analogous position to "minimative"
>Perhaps we could then think of the degree "comparative"
>as "diminutive" and "augmentative" and the degree "superlative"
>as "maximative" and "minimative" (or should it be "maxitive"and "minitive")
However, the words "diminutive" and "augmentative" are already in use
in morphology for another purpose. Granted diminutive and
augmentative suffixes are not used on adjectives in English (at least
I can't think of any--whoops, darling comes to mind), but that may
not be the case in other languages.