Re: Degrees of adjectives
|Date:||Saturday, February 5, 2005, 13:16|
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, René Uittenbogaard <ruittenb@W...>
>It's interesting to see that you remove redundancy on the side of
>comparative/superlative, and introduce redundancy by splitting
>positive and equative :)
As I understand it these are two different concepts and they are
expressed differently morphologically.
The man is tall.
tun µírun vérqun nésa.
the man tall he-is.
The man is as tall as the woman.
tun µírun vèrqëstálun tus göénus nèµa nésa.
the man as-tall-as the woman with-respect-to he-is.
These two sentences express different thoughts and the difference is
With respect to comparative/superlative, however, I believe that a
comparison is a comparison is a comparison. It makes no difference
how many items are being compared. English happened to evolve two
forms, one for comparing two items, one for comparing three or more.
And so, I consider two different forms for comparison redundant;
convenient, but redundant.