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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?[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. *Muke! [1] 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'.) -- website: LiveJournal: deviantArt: FrathWiki, a conlang and conculture wiki:


Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>
Peter Bleackley <peter.bleackley@...>
René Uittenbogaard <ruittenb@...>