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Re: Degrees of adjectives

From:Peter Bleackley <peter.bleackley@...>
Date:Friday, February 4, 2005, 9:22
Staving Muke Tever:
>Peter Bleackley <Peter.Bleackley@...> wrote: >>I'm NOMAIL at the moment, so please reply to this personally. >> >>Are there standard linguistic terms for degrees of adjectives that express >>"less" and "least"? > >Do they even occur in natl-- (ahaha, silly question. of course >they have to, somewhere). > >Well, I don't know of any standard terms. But this is CONLANG, so >I won't be daunted from making some up :p > >(given) X is adj (positive) > X is adjer than Z (comparative) > X is adjest (superlative) > >(say) Z is not adj (negative, most likely) > Z is less adj than X (anticomparative?[1]) > Z is least adj (antisuperlative?) > >On an etymological level, the "opposite" of |comparative| would >be *|separative|--"compare" being literally to bring together [such >as for the purpose of comparison], and of |superlative|, *|sublative|, >but that's perhaps a little silly. >
I quite like "anticomparative" and "antisuperlative". For the record, I'd been using "diminutive" and "minimative" in my descriptions of Khangaþyagon, but I was wondering if a standard term existed. Surprisingly, the SIL glossary doesn't even have an entry for degree. Pete


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