LINGUIST List 11.2752

Tue Dec 19 2000

Qs: Latin Knowledge, "Proper" Adjectival Suffixes

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  1.>, Knowledge of Latin Quote
  2. Steven Schaufele, `proper' adjectival suffixes

Message 1: Knowledge of Latin Quote

Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2000 01:50:37 -0500
From:> <>
Subject: Knowledge of Latin Quote

I seem to remember somewhere that in the introduction to an edition of
Virgil's Aeneid, the editor said "we do not really know enough Latin to
determine how far Virgl was going with his changes of mood", or somehing
like that. Wiould anyone know the exact quote?

Thanks in advance,

Robert Orr
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Message 2: `proper' adjectival suffixes

Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2000 17:35:58 +0800
From: Steven Schaufele <>
Subject: `proper' adjectival suffixes

Dear Colleagues,

Does anybody know of any studies done on the suffixes used in e.g. English
to derive adjectives from proper nouns such as personal names or the names
of countries? I'm particularly interested in any patterns that may have
been observed in the selection of suffixes from lists
like -(i)an, -ese, -esque, -ite, etc.

If i get some interesting reponses i'll post a summary.


Steven Schaufele, Ph.D.
Asst. Prof. of Linguistics
English Department, Soochow University
Waishuanghsi Campus, Shihlin District
Taipei 11102, Taiwan, ROC
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 (886)(02)2881-9471 ext. 6504 (office)
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