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Re: PoS & heretics (was: Cases and Prepositions (amongst others))

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Friday, June 23, 2000, 22:00
At 18:10 22/06/00 -0400, you wrote:
> >The ability for adjectives to either precede or follow the nouns they >modify is something I try to incorporate into all my conlangs if at all >possible. The basic idea is that if the adjective is being used >contrastively, it should follow the noun; otherwise, it should precede. >(I understand that at least some of the Romance languages do this with >some adjectives; I try to do it with all adjectives.) The details of >how it works vary with the general typology of the conlang. >
Like in French. In general, the adjective after the noun is purely attributive, while the adjective before the noun is more 'tied' to the noun, often modifies the meaning of the noun, and sometimes the noun phrase 'adjective+noun' stands more like a compound! And we have adjectives like 'pauvre': 'poor, unhappy', 'petit':'small, very young' that have a different meaning depending on their position relative to the noun. Christophe Grandsire |Sela Jemufan Atlinan C.G. "Reality is just another point of view." homepage : (ou :