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historical linguistics

Growing Your Elative: Linguistic Seminar Series

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



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