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Growing Your Elative: Linguistic Seminar Series

233 Gatton College
Speaker(s) / Presenter(s):
Dieter Gunkel
A number of comparative, superlative, and elative suffixes are longer than they would be if
they had simply undergone regular sound changes, e.g. the Latin superlative/elative sux
-issimus. Closer inspection reveals that they have developed in a parallel fashion. The
development involves the analogical extension of a longer sound pattern from a small class
of forms to a large one. I suggest how we might relate this to the semantics of adjective
Type of Event (for grouping events):