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Re: Degrees of adjectives

From:caeruleancentaur <caeruleancentaur@...>
Date:Saturday, February 5, 2005, 13:16
--- In, 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 expressed morphologically. 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. Charlie :-)>