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Query:   Comparatives
Author:  Jan K Lindstrom
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Semantics
Sociolinguistics

Summary:   SUMMARY: INTENSIFICATION OF THE COMPARATIVE

I HAD IN MAY ON THE LIST (8.758) A QUERY ON THE INTENSIFICATION OF
COMPARATIVE FORMS IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES. HERE COMES THE SUMMARY
RELATED TO THE QUERY (I AM SORRY ABOUT THE SLIGHT DELAY!). AS I NOTED
EARLIER, MY BETTER LINGUISTIC COMPETENCE LIMITS TO GERMANIC LANGUAGES
PLUS FINNISH WHERE IN ALL THE COMPARATIVE (OF ADJECTIVE, ADVERBB,
QUANTITATIVE PRONOUN) IS TYPICALLY INTENSIFIED WITH AN ADVERB DENOTING
SOME FORM OF TOTALITY:

1. A. THE TRAIN WENT FASTER.
B. THE TRAIN WENT EVER FASTER. (ALSO: ALL THE FASTER)

2. A. DER ZUG FUHR SCHNELLER.
B. DER ZUG FUHR IMMER SCHNELLER.

3. A. TA'GET GICK FORTARE.
B. TA'GET GICK ALLT FORTARE.

4. A. JUNA MENI LUJEMPAA.
B. JUNA MENI YHA

LL Issue: 8.1001
Date Posted: 04-Jul-1997
Original Query: Read original query