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Re: Degrees of adjectives

From:Scotto Hlad <scotto@...>
Date:Saturday, February 5, 2005, 13:35
Figures... I find words that I like and something else has them. What are
the uses of diminutive and augmentative?

> -----Original Message----- > From: Constructed Languages List [mailto:CONLANG@LISTSERV.BROWN.EDU]On > Behalf Of caeruleancentaur > Sent: Saturday, February 05, 2005 6:00 AM > To: CONLANG@LISTSERV.BROWN.EDU > Subject: Re: Degrees of adjectives > > > --- In, Scotto Hlad <scotto@A...> wrote: > > >I love the word "diminutive" but I hadn't been able to come up with > >a word similar to minimative. That being said, when I > >see "diminutive" I want to see an analogous term "augmentative" > >rather than comparative. This makes me then want to see "maximative" > >in the analogous position to "minimative" > > >Perhaps we could then think of the degree "comparative" > >as "diminutive" and "augmentative" and the degree "superlative" > >as "maximative" and "minimative" (or should it be "maxitive" > and "minitive") > > However, the words "diminutive" and "augmentative" are already in use > in morphology for another purpose. Granted diminutive and > augmentative suffixes are not used on adjectives in English (at least > I can't think of any--whoops, darling comes to mind), but that may > not be the case in other languages. > > Charlie >