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Re: Comparatives

Christopher Doty (

On Tue, Nov 24, 2009 at 14:52, David Trimboli <> wrote:
> Christopher Doty wrote:
>>> The sentence should be {nuqDaq waqwIj vIlamHa'choHmoH}. If the space is
>>> in the text, it's an error.
>> Why is it an error? Why can't it be there?
> I just checked the text. There is no space there. It reads what I said
> above: nuqDaq waqwIj vIlamHa'choHmoH.

I see that now; the glottal stop character in that font takes up more
space than I am used to, it seems..

> If it *had* been {nuqDaq waqwIj vIlamHa' choHmoH}, it wouldn't make any
> sense according to any rules we know. The first part would be something
> like "where do I be clean my shoes?" The last word would mean "it makes
> it change," and there is no valid connection between these two clauses.

I still think something like this might be okay, but I'll have to
think about it more.  I wish I had a corpus to look through....

> Because there isn't one. An adjectival verb is a verb that modifies a
> noun. The only verb in the sentence in the text is "vIlamHa'choHmoH,"
> and that's not modifying a noun. If the sentence *did* contain {vIlamHa'
> choHmoH} with the space, neither {vIlamHa'} nor {choHmoH} is modifying
> any noun, and {choH} isn't even a verb of quality.

Granted, since the final word is a single long one.  With the space, I
was considering vIlamHa' to be an adjective, but you're correct, if it
has the other stuff on it, then it isn't.

*grumbles about typefaces*

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