Sunday, October 19, 2014

Detail #108: More on Adjectives as a non-class

Let us say we conflate adjectives and nouns. Let us further say we make a rule whereby intensified nouns rank higher than less intensified nouns, and higher ranks go to the left or the right of lower ranks. Let's further use English comparatives and superlatives as were they intensifiers instead of comparison markers for the sake of this post. So with a right-dislocation of high intensity nouns we get.

the old captain
the captain oldest

Now, let's imagine more 'stereotypical' nouns too get intensivity marking, so e.g. boss = boss, bosser = middle management boss, bossest = head honcho.

the old boss, the boss older, the older bosser, the bosser oldest, the boss oldest, the old bossest, etc.

I am not sure if this is realistic, but somehow it feels like the most overtly intensive noun sort of could be attracted to head-of-phrase or phrase-initial or whatever prominent position. 

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