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Re: OT hypercube (was: Con-other)

From:Lars Finsen <lars.finsen@...>
Date:Sunday, June 1, 2008, 9:57
Den 31. mai. 2008 kl. 16.50 skreiv Eugene Oh:
> How about words like "polymorphism", "obstructionism" etc. that do > not go > anywhere near faith/ideology? That was what I considered when I > decided > "-lios" was inadequate.
I guess what you need is a formant to turn an adjective into a noun naming the tendency of displaying the property named by the adjective, and/or to turn a verbal noun into a noun naming a tendency of performing the action named by the verb that the verb is formed from. At least I perceive polymorphism to be formed from polymorphic and obstructionism to be formed from the VN obstruction (not the concrete noun obstruction). Maybe you can do it with a habitual particle combined with some nominaliser or other. In Suraetua I would construct obstructionism from the verb inja, 'deny, obstruct', with a habitual particle an- and a verbal noun formant -ju, thus aninjaju. Polymorphism I would construct from wala, 'many', misku, 'form, shape', an adjectiviser kar-, making karwalamisku, 'polymorphic'. Then a verbaliser -wa and the habitual particle again, making ankarwalamiskua (losing the w of the verbaliser), meaning 'to display a tendency towards being polymorphic'. And in Suraetua a verb ending in -a can be nominalised without adding anything. The result is a little unwieldy, but polymorphism isn't a straightforward concept to build from scratch. LEF