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?)
> 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.