Re: Degrees of adjectives
|From:||Muke Tever <hotblack@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, February 3, 2005, 17:36|
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.
 There actually is a ghit for 'anticomparative' in this sense;
someone's conlang uses it:
They use "antiultimate" for *antisuperlative though, just as they
use 'ultimate' for 'superlative'.)
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